Here's all you need to know about finding your home with HomeHunt.


HomeHunt is a national website for affordable and social housing. It's accessible and user-friendly.

To find a home with us you will need to register with HomeHunt and complete a Gentoo application form. Once completing you will be able to start searching and bidding for a new home.


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New applications

If you are a new customer and would like to apply for a Gentoo property, you will need to register with HomeHunt and complete a Gentoo application form.

This simple process will take approximately 20 minutes.

Useful documents for those re-registering

Frequently Asked Questions

To change your password online you must have an email address. To change your password simply click on the `Forgot your password?’ link when you login and follow the instructions. If you don’t have an email address you can reset your password using the online form or by contacting Gentoo.

Before you start a new application make sure you have the following to hand:

  • Your National Insurance number
  • Your address history (five years)
  • Income and employment details
  • Information on any medical conditions or disabilities

Following the assessment of your housing application, you will be placed into one of four priority bands depending on your level of need.

  • Band 1+ - This is for those applicants living in a Gentoo renewal area
  • Band 1 - This is for applicants who have an immediate need to move and are in statutory or urgent housing need
  • Band 2 - This is for applicants who have a priority housing need
  • Band 3 - This is for general housing needs and is open to all applicants (including out of City applicants)

Once you have completed the new online application form you will receive an automated email advising you that you have been provisionally placed into band 3 whilst we assess your application (this will mean you can start bidding straight away). Once your application has been assessed we will send you a letter advising you of your band placement following the assessment i.e. Band 1+, 1, 2 or 3.


All applications are individually assessed based on the information supplied; this ensures we are fair, flexible and transparent. Every customer has the right to request a review of their banding decision if they disagree.

No. At present customers with Excellent Customer Status are given priority for offers of re-housing under the Choice Based Lettings system. Under HomeHunt customers will now be assessed at the point an offer is being made, rather than at the start of the application process. It will simply be an assessment to ensure the customer is adhering to the terms of their tenancy agreement. Everyone who wishes to move into a Gentoo home will need to adhere to this criteria and this will be checked prior to an offer of a property being made. Moving forward no priority will be awarded and anyone failing the standard may not be offered a property.


There are circumstances where we will ask for evidence to place you in the correct band. For example, before accepting a medical priority we will require a specialist medical assessment to be carried out.

We will carry out a number of checks prior to offering you a property with Gentoo. These will include:

  • Housing history
  • Affordability
  • Eligibility
  • Landlord/mortgage company
  • Police checks (where applicable)

 If you are an existing customer we may also carry out an assessment of housekeeping, behaviour and payment history.

You can make a maximum of five bids per week.

Once you are registered you don’t have to do anything else. Please continue to bid for properties using our Choice Based Lettings System. You will be notified when you can start bidding for homes via the new HomeHunt system.

  • If you don’t have a computer or access to the internet support is available in our local offices
  • If you have any banding or landlord specific questions please call your local office or use the contact form at the bottom of this page
  • If you are unable to complete an online application we can offer one-to-one support
  • If you have any questions about completing the form, email them to applicants@homehunt.co.uk

Please note, as of June 2021, we made some key changes to our Allocations Policy.                                  You can read the Allocations Policy here.

In line with our Allocations Policy, existing Gentoo tenants cannot apply for rehousing within the first two years of their tenancy, unless there is a priority need for housing.

Log in to your HomeHunt account. From the ‘My application’ drop down list choose ‘Application History’. This will take you to a page that will show you your position on previously let properties and currently advertised properties. In this section, you can also manage your bids.


Log in to your HomeHunt account. From the search screen scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Useful Links’. From the list choose ‘Lettings Report’. On the report filters screen, you can refine the dates and property types that you are looking for or simply search using ‘Gentoo’ in the Landlord field and click submit.

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