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About Gateway to Homechoice

All housing allocations and transfers are managed through a scheme called ‘Gateway to Homechoice’ (opens new window) which is a choice based lettings scheme. Gateway to Homechoice is a partnership of eight local authorities across Suffolk and Essex: Babergh District Council, Ipswich Borough Council, Mid Suffolk District Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council, and Waveney District Council, Braintree District Council, Colchester Borough Council and Maldon District Council.

There is one housing register so you need only apply once to be able to apply for properties in any of the above areas. Vacancies are advertised each week on a website, at Council offices and in a newsletter. Applicants can express an interest (this is called bidding) in properties which they like and which suit their needs. If you apply you will be sent more information about how the scheme works.

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