How many points do I need?

The number of points you need for a home depends on many factors, including the: 

  • size of the home
  • number of people that bid for the home 
  • number of points the other bidders have 

Average points per successful bid

We cannot tell you how many points you will need, but we can tell you the average and lowest points that successful bidders have had for homes of different sizes recently. 

Number of bedrooms Average points held by recent successful bidders Lowest points held by recent successful bidders 
Studio 193 120
1 280 100
2 500 330
3 605 80
4 638 260
5 or more 600 600

Advice on bidding

We advertise council and housing association homes on a weekly basis rather than twice weekly advertising. The bid cycle will open on Thursday and close at midnight on Monday.

There is no change to the way in how you place bids, you will continue to place bids as you would normally. 

When bidding for properties, remember:

  • there is no need to bid as soon as bidding opens, but you need to ensure that you register your bid before the bid cycle closes.
  • the shortlist will not be dependent on when you bid, but on your number of points
  • once you have bid successfully the information you have used on your application will be checked. If your application is not up to date your points may change and this may affect the success of your bid.
  • you will not be able to bid for properties larger than you need
  • bidders with the highest points will be invited to view the property unless the property is on the ground floor and you have been assessed as needing a ground floor property on medical grounds; therefore, you will be prioritised for these properties above those who do not have a ground floor assessment.

Once shortlisted, we will invite you to attend a viewing by phone or text - so please ensure your application is up to date with your most up-to-date contact details.

Housing allocation policy

Our Housing allocation policy details our approach in relation to bidding for properties.