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Guildford Home Choice

Step 3 - Offer

Council and housing association rented

All bids received will be put in priority order to produce a list of eligible applicants for each property advertised. The landlord of the property will carry out any outstanding eligibility checks, (e.g. rent checks, household circumstance checks).

If your name is at the top of the priority list you will normally be invited to view the property unless there are reasons why we are unable to do this, for example, you have rent arrears or the Council is taking legal action against you for breaching a tenancy condition. 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.

In certain circumstances, it is necessary that individual properties are let under specific criteria.  In these instances, the properties will be advertised with the criteria set out in the marketing information which is part of the advertising details.

If you decide to refuse the property it will be offered to the next person on the priority list. The maximum number of offers is three. An offer is counted if you successfully bid for a property and you are offered it, but then refuse it.

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.

If you accept a property you will be advised when you can move in. If the property is owned by us you will also be given an appointment to come into the Housing Advice Centre to sign the tenancy agreement and collect the keys. This is normally on the Thursday before the Monday that your tenancy starts. If the property is owned by a housing association they will contact you to make arrangements for you to sign your tenancy agreement.

Shared ownership

As soon as the bidding closes we will check applications to confirm eligibility and invite applicants to view the property in order of priority until a purchaser has been found.

The sales process normally takes between six to eight weeks but this can vary. It is your responsibility to keep in contact with your solicitor to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays.

It is advisable to obtain several quotations regarding costs before instructing a solicitor. You should advise them that a fairy quick completion is required. You may find that it will be quicker to use a local firm who has experience of the shared ownership lease used by Guildford Borough Council. Names of local solicitors can be found at

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