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Jasper00 Thu 05-Dec-19 22:08:14

So I've been on bidding site for a while and keep been overlooked on anything nice I bid on, or all nicer properties all go to band 4 when im a one ( only specified band get house so if it says band 4 I would not get it). Anyway that isnt the issue even though I do think it's wrong because band 4 already are housed, but whatever.
So i bid on a house with a picture so I knew exactly where it is and it's a road I would want to be on, not entirely perfect but house looked ok and has proper front and back garden for the kids. On a main road so as k said not perfect but I could have stood it, so bidded and have a viewing this month.
Now to the problem.... The house I bid on and the house that was pictured is totally false. It isn't on the road stated, instead in the middle of an old estate behind the main road, which is full of alleys drunk kids and drug dealers use to their advantage. The front gardens are all open ( houses are all in a square onto eachother) with gardens not separated by borders and the back garden is nothing more than a concrete path with the space taken up by outbuildings.
So how the hell could my kids play out I don't know ( an enclosed grass back garden is my must), and the house itself is nothing like pictured and right in a place I've been careful not to bid on because I knew I wouldn't be happy in places like it.
So they pretty much lied about everything and surely that isn't right and I do not want to accept it because I wil be stuck there in something I hate. Aibu?

Jasper00 Thu 05-Dec-19 22:17:24

Other problem is my banshee of a mother is acting as though im in the wrong and they aren't. Huge argument earlier with her in public carpark because she will not admit they are wrong . I didn't argue but she kept going on and on and on like she does until she gets her way and her way is me accepting this house which I hate and I haven't even viewed it inside yet

PumpkinP Thu 05-Dec-19 22:25:17

Yanbu but if you refuse it what will happen? I would if you can.

I feel your pain about the housing system though my council only lets people who are in houses bid on house! If your in a flat then you can only bid on flats. Which I think is wrong.

TARSCOUT Thu 05-Dec-19 22:25:52

Assuming it's a LA house you are lucky to he offered one. You can always put in for a swap. Been bidding for MIL for 3 months now and nothing. As I am not familiar with areas I google earth the street.

UrsulaPandress Thu 05-Dec-19 22:28:08

Have you still got access to the picture you bid on?

Leetepp Thu 05-Dec-19 22:28:26

So privately rent if you are so particular

Torrennce Thu 05-Dec-19 22:29:36

Have you contacted the local authority making the offer and told them the one you are being told to view isn't the same one you bidder on? What is their policy for refusing offers, some give you 1-2 opportunities to say no and keep bidding.

Jasper00 Thu 05-Dec-19 22:30:16

Honestly I have bid on so many gorgeous houses , new builds with nice gardens , downstairs toilets, etc and all band 4!!! Eveey band 1 is in drug infested awful areas you don't want kids in. Think it's going to be a private rent I end up with, plus that would give me an extra room what I also can't get in social housing. I really don't want them to share as they are both disturbed light sleepers.

PumpkinP Thu 05-Dec-19 22:30:27

Just because it’s council doesn’t mean you don’t get a choice. What ridiculous comments. That’s why they allow people to bid, otherwise they would just offer people priorities without allowing people a choice. My councils website CHOICE based Lettings

PumpkinP Thu 05-Dec-19 22:31:47


Jasper00 Thu 05-Dec-19 22:31:54

Yes I do have the picture I bid on via screenshot luckily.

Daisydoola Thu 05-Dec-19 22:34:27

If you can afford to private rent, do it if you want a choice of where to live.

Daisydoola Thu 05-Dec-19 22:35:11

A decent choice I mean. I know you get a choice but like you say you'll be very limited against other bands.

UtuNorantiPralatongsThirdEye Thu 05-Dec-19 22:38:39

* My councils website CHOICE based Lettings*
One says it is to, but it isn't. The reality is that people bid, but few are successful, instead they just get offered a random property anywhere in the city and are not allowed to refuse.

UtuNorantiPralatongsThirdEye Thu 05-Dec-19 22:39:19


x2boys Thu 05-Dec-19 22:41:31

Is it not a house you might have bidded on a few months ago ?.I have been in my house about five-year ,s now but they offered it months after I bidded on it,it could be a mistake ,I would contact them.

ElluesPichulobu Thu 05-Dec-19 22:41:36

"I think there has been an admin error. I put in my bid on a house on X street but when a viewing was arranged I was sent the details for a house on Y street which I never bidded on. I haven't yet been given a viewing for the house I bidded on - please let me know when I can see it."

look in your browser history and use the wayback machine (archiving server) to get screenshots of what you actually did.

ivykaty44 Thu 05-Dec-19 22:43:03

If you’ve got screen shots then complain that the property you have viewed isn’t the property you bid on

Is the property with HA or direct through council

Jasper00 Thu 05-Dec-19 22:47:06

The house is direct HA

Definitely not, I would never bid on a house there in a million years!

dontalltalkatonce Thu 05-Dec-19 22:48:24

I think I'd go to private let if that's how it's set up in your area. It is what it is, sadly. The 'choice' usually isn't great at all.

PumpkinP Thu 05-Dec-19 22:55:03

Well I’m in London and it’s definutely a choice where I am. mine don’t offer you anything, you are allowed to bid on what you want. So as I was only allowed to bid on flats I waited for a ground floor with garden, I was never going to go into a high rise tower block and wouldn’t have bidded on one either.

rosesandcashmere Thu 05-Dec-19 23:03:12

If the house you're being 'offered' isn't to your liking perhaps you could privately rent like many of us have to? Then you can pick and choose. There's a huge shortage of social housing, you really are lucky to be offered any.

ivykaty44 Thu 05-Dec-19 23:03:18

Jasper complain to council and advice council there has been a mix up, the house on screen is not the house they have showed you

Ask what’s happened to the house you bid for?

Best of all put it in an email

Jasper00 Thu 05-Dec-19 23:13:24

That's a great idea, think I will do that and see what they say. Probably a load of BS. I was thinking about speaking to local MP, because as I said to my mother if it was a car dealer or a shop misselling an item then they would be in serious trouble.

Funny other houses had the correct images and road names though, which makes me think it was a calculated move.
I'm also wondering why the last Tennant stayed so short a time, Google shows HA buying this house as result of repo at the start of the year so in that time it's had a Tennant ( or maybe a few) and they are already moving?
Something is telling me they might have had problems there.

MistyCloud Thu 05-Dec-19 23:28:48


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