Bid for a property

If you have been accepted onto the housing register you can bid for a property and you will receive your bidding details through the post.  

The letter will confirm your:

  • unique housing registration number 
  • housing need category
  • the date you joined the list and the size of property you can bid for

How to bid for a property

Properties are advertised every Friday on the East London Lettings Company (ELLC) website. You can bid from midnight Friday up to midnight Monday.

View available properties:

What you need to bid for a property:

  • unique housing registration number 
  • your memorable date
  • the reference number of the property you wish to bid for

You can only bid for two properties each week.  When bidding for a property think about the location of schools and transport links.

This is important, if you are made an offer and you refuse it your position on the housing register may be affected.

There are three different ways that you can place your bid(s)

Bid online

  •  text on 07781 486 526
  • call the ELLC bidding line on 0845 650 4125


You may not be able to bid because you:

  • are trying to bid before bidding has opened or has closed
  • not eligible for the properties advertised
  • have been shortlisted for a property and are waiting to view a property
  • you have submitted a new application and your case is waiting to be assessed
  • it says your password is invalid, please contact the Housing Advice Centre and we will re-set your password
  • your case is under review due to change in household details

How property offers are made

Offers will be made to the applicant with the highest priority in line with our Housing Allocations Policy (PDF 270KB)

We will contact you by phone if your bid is successful, and advise you on what you need to do next. We may need to visit your home or request further information from you.

The property offer will be confirmed in writing to you. A member of our housing management team will contact you to arrange your viewing.  Please make sure your contact details are up to date.

Tell us about changes to your household details

If there are changes to your household details that differ from when you first applied, you must let us know by updating your application details online, failure to do this will affect a successful bid and offer we make to you.

Update your housing details

Homeless applicants

If you are a homeless applicant living in temporary accommodation and you refuse to accept the property you have successfully bid for, you may lose your homeless category on the waiting list and you may also be evicted from your temporary accommodation.

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