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Cumbria Choice

Bidding Checklist

Things to think about before placing bids

Property Type

  • What type of home is your household looking for?
    e.g. Ground floor flat, house, sheltered 


  • Will the property meet your needs/Band criteria?
    e.g. If you have been given a Band because you need ground floor, to qualify for that Band your bidding choices need to match this.  You can still bid on a property which isn’t ground floor but you will be treated as ‘Band D - adequately housed’ for shortlisting of that particular property.
  • If you need advice about your Band speak to the partner organisation managing your application. 


  • Does the property have the number bedrooms you need?


  • Check the property location before you bid; you can use the links on the website for information about the local area.


  • Can you afford the property?
  • Check the rent, service charge (if chargeable) and council tax.
  • Make sure you understand the payment cycle as some Associations have 48 week payments cycles and for others the weekly rent you see in the advert is payable every week of the year.
  • For information on Benefits go to

Practical Stuff

  • If you have mobility needs, will this property be suitable or can it be adapted?
  • What type of heating is in the property?
  • What kind of bathroom does the property have; shower / bath / separate WC?
  • Is there off-road parking? If not; do you need a parking permit?
  • Are pets allowed?
  • Is there a garden and / or is it enclosed by a fence?

Making unreasonable refusals of a property you have bid on could result in your Band being reduced. 

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