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Bidding for a property

The Newham ELLC Choice Base Lettings Scheme will be closed between 21 to 24 January while we update our systems with the changes required for the implementation of the new allocations policy in February 2022.

This means that we will not be advertising any properties during this time, so when you log in, you will not see any properties to bid on.

You do not need to call us about this as once the bidding cycle re-opens you will be able to use the service in the normal way.  We know this will be frustrating for many of you and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.


If you have been accepted onto the housing register, you can bid for a home through the choice-based lettings (CBL) scheme.

The scheme allows you to choose where you live and the type of property you live in.

What property to bid for

We give you all the necessary information about the property in our adverts in the Choice Homes magazine and on the ELLC Choice Homes website to help you make your decision.

We give details about:

  • Rent
  • Type of property
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Floor level
  • Whether it has a garden or not
  • Property's landlord
  • Type of heating
  • Accessibility
  • Number of people it is suitable for.

Property size you can bid for

You can only bid for the size of property that you have been assessed for or with one bedroom less than you have been assessed for. For example; if you need two beds you can bid for properties with one or two bedrooms.

Your registration letter or email tells you what size of properties you can bid for.

Properties in other boroughs

You can bid for a property in another borough, but only if it is advertised in the Newham section of the ELLC Choice Homes website or magazine. This is known as a cross-borough advert and it will be presented with the borough’s logo and colour.

When to bid for a property

The bidding cycle opens on Friday and closes at midnight on Monday. You can't bid at any other time. It does not matter what time of day you bid as long as you bid within the cycle.