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Home > Housing > Looking for a home > About Gateway to Homechoice

About Gateway to Homechoice

You must register for the Gateway to Homechoice website to apply for council housing.

Find out how to register 

Gateway to Homechoice is a choice based letting (CBL) scheme.  After you join, you can see available homes and place bids for them.

Properties usually go to the bidder who has been in the highest band for the longest time. 

Gateway to Homechoice is a partnership of eight local authorities across Suffolk and Essex:

  • Babergh District Council
  • Mid Suffolk District Council
  • Ipswich Borough Council
  • Suffolk Coastal District Council and Waveney District Council
  • Braintree District Council
  • Colchester Borough Council
  • 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.

If you are unable to complete an online application, please contact us to book a telephone appointment to complete an application.