What is Choice Based Lettings

Choice Based Lettings (CBL) was introduced in Wakefield in 2007. This was to offer a more flexible and customer-centred approach to rehousing. Instead of a traditional waiting list, the CBL system, known as Homesearch, allows applicants to choose from a range of available properties.

These properties are advertised online and in various locations throughout the district. You can express your interest in any home that matches your eligibility criteria. This gives you the opportunity to make a choice that meets your needs and promotes sustainable communities.

How it works

To register for CBL you must:

Available properties are published weekly. Once a registered member, you can place an expression of interest on up to three properties per week.

The weekly cycle begins each Wednesday. Bids can be made anytime from the cycle's commencement to its close at 4pm the following Wednesday.

For further details on Homesearch, including membership and how properties are allocated, please see the Homesearch information guide. Wakefield Council has nomination rights to a percentage of all properties. This is as allocated by Registered Providers of Social Housing.

To allow the council to do this we have a housing allocations policy that is administered by WDH on behalf of the council. All properties made available to council nominees are advertised on Homesearch. To access such properties you must be a member of Homesearch.

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