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East Surrey Subregional - Epsom & Ewell

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Step 3 - Offer

Once the closing date for bids has passed a shortlist of interested applicants is drawn up. The shortlist is in order of eligibility according to the criteria stated in the advert details for that property. The applicant at the top of the list will normally be offered the property if they meet the property and the lettings plan criteria.

If your name is at the top of the priority list and you meet the criteria you will normally be invited to view the property unless there are reasons why you dont qualify, for example you have rent arrears or there has been anti social behaviour.

If we are unable to offer the property to the applicant at the top of the list we will move to the next applicant and so on.

Your bidding position will not take account of our lettings plans. This will mean that the bidding position may not be a true reflection of whether you will receive an offer.

Each Housing Association will have its own criteria and they will make the final decision as to whether to accept any nomination and they will require an affordability assessment.

If you are offered a property you will not be short listed for other properties until you have decided to either accept or refuse the offer.

Homeless households and emergency medical cases will be made one suitable offer of nomination for accommodation within the borough. For homeless households where the Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has accepted a full statutory duty, a direct offer of one suitable property will be made anywhere in the borough. Applicants will be advised that this offer is a final offer and if the offer is refused the Council will discharge any duty that may be owed under Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996  and possession proceedings will be commenced to evict them from their temporary accommodation.

Waiting list and transfer applicants will be allowed to refuse 3 suitable offers of accommodation. A reasonable offer of accommodation is one that is suitable for the households needs.  Applicants who refuse 3 suitable offers of accommodation will be entitled to remain on the Housing Needs Register but will have their priority reduced. Their degree of preference will continue to be determined by their housing need assessment but their Registration Date will be amended to be the date of refusal of the third offer and any time points will be removed, therefore reducing their priority. 

The landlord of the property will contact you directly to arrange for you to view the property and give you any further details.

If you accept the property you will be advised by the landlord when you can move in.

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