Last updated: 7th September 2022

We have high demand and a limited supply of affordable housing in the district. This page aims to help with HomeChoice customer expectations by showing outcomes, number of bids, and typical wait time of properties.

 Average bid volume and typical wait times

  • The tables below relate to both WDC and Housing Association properties allocated through HomeChoice.
  • Properties that are either age-designated, 'Low Demand', 'Specialist Housing' or covered by the Council's Rural Lettings Policy are excluded from these tables.
  • 'Typical Wait Time' represents the range in which the middle 60% of successful applicants were housed. This time commences from the successful applicants' Relevant Date per the HomeChoice Allocations Policy. Typical wait times are only provided where there are 10 or more completions.

Please be advised that an individual applicants' wait time will be influenced by the frequency they bid for properties and the range of property types and landlords they bid for.

1 Bed Allocations: Previous 12 months

Successful Applicant Band -> Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4
Properties 23 45 40 0
Typical Wait Time 0-4 months 3-10 months 18-33 months  

Average bids placed per property: 109

2 Bed (House) Allocations: Previous 12 months

Successful Applicant Band -> Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4
Properties 3 70 109 4
Typical Wait Time   0-4 months 5-12 months  

Average bids placed per property: 51

2 Bed (Flat and Maisonette) Allocations: Previous 12 months

Successful Applicant Band -> Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4
Properties 2 33 66 29
Typical Wait Time   0-8 months 1-7 months  2-12 months 

Average bids placed per property: 7

3 Bed Allocations: Previous 12 months

Successful Applicant Band -> Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4
Properties 3 48 80 9
Typical Wait Time   1-5 months 4-13 months  

Average bids placed per property: 37

4 Bed Allocations: Previous 12 months

Successful Applicant Band -> Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4
Properties 2 10 3 0
Typical Wait Time   3-8 months    

Average bids placed per property: 34

Register composition

The following tables show the makeup of the HomeChoice register in terms of applicants banding and bedroom requirement.

Register composition: All households

  TOTAL Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4
TOTAL 1662 7 217 699 739
1 Bed 1081 4 161 489 427
2 Bed 363 1 30 107 225
3 Bed 145 0 9 55 81
4+ Bed 73 2 17 48 6

Register composition: Households with dependant children

  TOTAL Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4
TOTAL 454 3 36 181 234
1 Bed 0 0 0 0 0
2 Bed 254 1 12 87 154
3 Bed 132 0 8 50 74
4+ Bed 68 2 16 44 6

Preference band quotas and completions

  • Properties that are either 'Low Demand', 'Specialist Housing' or covered by the Council's Rural Lettings Policy are excluded from these tables.

Properties advertised: (including repeat adverts) Previous 12 months

This table sets out which preference bands HomeChoice adverts have been assigned to. The preference band quota set out in the Allocations Policy is 60% for Band 2 and 40% for Band 3.

Total Band 2 Band 3
1054 630 (59.8%) 424 (40.2%)

Completions: (all properties) Previous 12 months

This table shows the bands of applicants who have completed on properties advertised through HomeChoice. 

Total Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4
702  33 (5%) 231 (33%) 341 (49%) 96 (14%)

Please be aware that despite Band 2 (60%) receiving greater preference than Band 3 (40%) in the preference band quota, the considerably lower number of applicants in Band 2 can result in Band 2 preference properties being completed by applicants in Band 3. This can consequently result in the completion percentage for Band 2 being lower than that for Band 3.

Completions: (excluding age-designated) Previous 12 months

This table shows the bands of applicants who have completed on non-designated properties advertised through HomeChoice.

Total Band 1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4
572 30 (5%) 202 (35%) 298 (52%) 41 (7%)

Please be aware that despite Band 2 (60%) receiving greater preference than Band 3 (40%) in the preference band quota, the considerably lower number of applicants in Band 2 can result in Band 2 preference properties being completed by applicants in Band 3. This can consequently result in the completion percentage for Band 2 being lower than that for Band 3.