Bid for properties

What is Hackney Choice?

Hackney Choice is a choice based lettings scheme. It allows applicants on the housing waiting/transfer list to have greater control over where they live. You can apply for advertised properties, rather than wait to be allocated a home.

How long will I be on the register for?

Waiting times are long. The vast majority of people who join the register will never receive a property. 


Band Estimated wait times as of October 2021
Studio/1 2 3 4 5+
B 3 years 12 years 9 years 13 years 39 years
C 6 years 19 years 26 years 26 years 53 years

If you’ve registered already

Bid for properties

How to use Hackney Choice

Bidding penalties

We have introduced penalties to ensure that you only bid and rent properties that you really want.

How we decide the winning bids

When bidding closes at midnight on Monday, we will have a computer-generated list of all the bidders for each property. The successful bidder will be the person in the highest band with the earliest date in that band. We then check to confirm you are eligible.

Following the checks, we contact the top five eligible bidders and invite them for a viewing. We usually contact them within a week by letter or phone.

Affordable rents properties

From April 2012, a proportion of housing association properties will be advertised at the government’s new Affordable Rent tenure. Instead of at social rents which is the tenure of all Hackney Council properties.

More about affordable rent properties.

Housing Moves scheme

If you want to move to another council property within London, you might benefit from the Mayor of London’s Housing Moves scheme. All council tenants and housing association tenants can apply under the scheme. As long as they have a secure or assured tenancy.

The Mayor of London also runs a scheme to help tenants who are aged 60 and over. To move to other parts of the country from London. You can find out more on the Seaside and Country Homes site.

You can also get paid for downsizing. Households moving from properties that have more bedrooms than they need, may benefit from our cash incentive scheme.

More information about Housing Moves, moving to the countryside and downsizing.

Page updated on: 7 June 2023

Hackney Choice Based Lettings


Opening times

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 9am to 5pm (telephone)
  • Wednesday – 9am to 4pm (telephone)