You will need to pre-register 24 hours prior to the auction to bid remotely by proxy, internet or telephone.

You must provide two forms of identification as well as your debit card details for payment of your deposit and administration fee.  Deposits for ALL lots being sold on behalf of Birmingham City Council must be paid by banker’s draft or cleared funds in advance of the auction sale.

For further details about proxy, telephone or internet bidding or to submit your remote bidding form please click here.

If you are bidding on behalf of your partner, family member, a company or someone else or bidding as a non UK citizen please read the information below for further advice.

On behalf of your partner, family member or joint owner

If you are bidding on behalf of a partner, family member, joint owner or someone else you will need to include their details on the remote bidding form and provide 2 forms of identification for yourself and for each person who wishes to purchase the property.  You also need to provide a letter of authorisation, signed by each person, authorising you to bid on their behalf.   As the bidder you take full responsibility and if you don’t provide all the necessary documentation, the property will go in your sole name and you will be legally obliged to complete the purchase.

On behalf of a company

You can bid on behalf of a company if you are one of the directors and have more than 50% share capital.  If you own less than 50% share capital or you’re acting as an agent/employee on behalf of the company, you compete the remote bidding form and provide a letter of authorisation, signed by each share holder, authorising you to bid.  You must also provide original identification for yourself and for each shareholders with more than 25% share capital.

Non UK citizen/resident

You can still buy a property at auction if you are a non UK citizen or resident.  Wherever possible, you should use funds from a UK bank account (you will need to provide a recent bank statement as proof) and appoint a UK Solicitor who can verify your situation.  You must also provide 2 forms of identification certified by a Governing body or financial institution (please provide a clear copy of both the front and back of your passport).  If you don’t have a UK bank account please contact our team on 0121 312 1212 to discuss your individual circumstances.

Online auction

Properties offered via our online auction can be found within the properties page or by performing a property search. They will be indicated by an ‘online auction’ flag. You must create an account and register your interest. We will undertake an Anti-Money Laundering (*AML) check and take your debit card details for payment of the deposit and administration fee.  A shadow will be paced on your debit card of £6,140 but no payment will be taken unless you are successful.  Once approved, you can bid for the property.  (*The AML check will leave a soft footprint on your credit report but it should not affect your credit rating).

If you would like to know more about property auctions and property auction bidding, please contact us or call us on 0121 312 1212, or see our useful guide to buying at auction.