Gateway to Homechoice is the choice based lettings scheme for council and housing association properties in the following seven local authority areas:
The 7 local authorities in the Gateway to Homechoice scheme advertise vacancies in rented social housing using the same system that operates as follows:
People register with the LA where they live (or would like to live if they come from outside the subregion of the scheme). Applicants with no local connection to any of the LAs are ‘demoted’ by one Band compared to someone with the same housing issue from within the area. An applicant will be considered to have a local connection to the sub-region if:
The principle of the system is that properties are normally let to the household that wants the property, and has been waiting the longest in the highest Band. Available properties are advertised on the Gateway to Homechoice website for a week, starting on Thursday morning and closing on the following Wednesday at midnight. As people place their bids for housing, the system automatically compiles a shortlist of applicants. The order of the applicants is from Band A down to Band E. If 2 or more applicants have the same band, then the system will normally place the applicant with the longest date first.