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Register for a home

We have 13,426 properties across north Manchester. Each year, a small number of these become available to rent. In 2014, only 956 of our homes became available for brand new tenants, so there’s a lot of competition.

If you would like to move into one of our properties, you must register with the Manchester Move website and use it to apply for our vacancies. This is called “bidding.”

How successful your bids are depend on a few different things:

  • What kind of property you are after
  • Where you are happy to live
  • How long you have been waiting
  • Your Rehousing Band
What is a Rehousing Band?

As the properties we manage are owned by Manchester City Council, we must follow their rehousing rules when we let a property. These rules control what kind of home we are allowed to offer you. How urgently you need a council property is also worked out using these rules.

After registering for a home, you are put into one of six rehousing bands based on these rules: Band 1 is the most urgent, Band 6 is the least.

The closer to Band 1 you are, the more likely it is you will be offered a home. Being closer to Band 6 doesn’t mean you will never be offered a home – it just means that we cannot offer you certain properties, and you will have to wait longer to be offered others.

What are my chances of getting the kind of home I want?

Certain areas are very popular, so they get a lot of people bidding for homes there and rarely have vacancies. Also, certain types of home are in high demand, or can only be offered to people in certain circumstances.

Other properties, however, like high rise flats, are in less demand. This makes them a great option if you want to move quickly.

The simple answer is you are much more likely to be offered a home if you bid for a few different types of property in a few different areas.

However, if you want to be smart about how you bid, take a look at our homes to see which properties became available to rent in 2014. This will give you a better idea of the types of properties and areas that are more often available for you to bid on. 

You may be able to move faster if you exchange your home

You could move much more quickly by swapping your home with another tenant. Find out about exchanging your home.

How to use Manchester Move