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Locata - Your choice

Locata is choice based letting system that gives tenants the chance to bid for available properties to transfer from one property to another.

Applicants must complete a Transfer application form to be registered on the scheme, and are placed into one of four bands according to their housing need. Once registered, members receive an information pack, Locata magazine and a registration number to start bidding for properties. The information pack also advised the member what type of properties they can bid for.

The Locata magazine is available every 2 weeks from any Hounslow Homes Housing office or local library, and members bid for properties according to their housing needs.

All bids are processed at the Locata central office and prioritised by band and the length of waiting time on the scheme. Members are advised to bid regularly, and can bid for up to three properties from each edition of Locata. Offers will not be made to members who have bid for a property they are not eligible.

Houses and properties with gardens are always the most popular and attract a high number of bidders. The number of first time and transfer applicants is high, and the number of available properties is limited, so members are advised to bid realistically for a property that suits their need but may not necessarily be there preferred property type. For example, members should consider bidding for a three-bedroom flat/maisonette as well as houses, if the property will alleviate their housing need and suit their situation.

Each new addition gives feedback on the offers that have been made, giving the band, the date the applicant registered and the type of applicant that was offered the property (e.g. homeseeker or transfer applicant).

For more information see the Locata website. If you would like to apply for a Transfer, contact the Customer Service Centre or visit your local housing office to request a Transfer Application form.