Homemove - how it works and how to bid

If you don't know your Homemove number, and are a council tenant, contact housing.customerservices@brighton-hove.gov.uk or call 01273 293030. If you are not a council tenant, call 01273 294400.

For more help:

How Homemove works

Homemove is the choice based lettings system for council and housing association properties in Brighton & Hove. Rather than homes being allocated by the council, choice based lettings allow tenants and prospective tenants to bid for the available properties they are interested in.

All available properties are advertised on the homemove website at www.homemove.org.uk. People looking for council and housing association homes in the city can then bid for homes through the website, by phone, by text message, or by filling in special coupons.

The Homemove magazine has been replaced with the 'Personalised Homemove Property Lists' - follow the link for more details.

To bid, you must become a member of the homemove scheme by applying to the council for housing or a transfer if you are a current tenant of the council or one of the partner housing associations in the city.

For further information on how the scheme works in Brighton & Hove, please see our choice based lettings frequently asked question page, go to the homemove website, or call the homemove team on 01273 294400.

You can also view our Choice Based Lettings Scheme policy document (PDF 225kb) and Choice Based Lettings vulnerable people strategy (PDF 78kb).

If you wish to become involved in improving the service the Homemove Service Review Group meets every three months, and is open to all.

Scheme user guide - How to bid

For a guide on how to use the scheme, go to the homemove website user guide section.

For advice on the scheme in other languages, please visit www.homemove.org.uk/otherlanguages.aspx.

Tenancy Strategy

The Localism Act 2011 makes it a statutory duty for each local authority to produce and publish a strategic tenancy strategy that will guide providers of social housing in development of their Tenancy Policies.

A tenancy strategy must set out a framework for providers of social housing (housing associations and councils) informing them of what local authority’s expect them to have 'regard to' when developing their respective tenancy policies in the following areas:

  • the type of tenancies they will grant (fixed term or lifetime)
  • the circumstances under which they may grant one type of tenancy and not the other
  • the length of fixed term tenancies and when they may either be extended or terminated

The Brighton & Hove Tenancy Strategy also considers the new Affordable Rents that have been introduced by the government to support the development of new social housing and how we can make sure they remain genuinely affordable.