You can apply for a home through our Homesearch Scheme. To register on our housing list you need to complete an application form and provide proof of your circumstances. Once the form has been processed you can bid for properties (bidding does not involve any money, you are just showing your interest in a property).
How to register
You must fill in a Homesearch application form and provide all of the relevant documentary evidence (proof) of your circumstances. The application form tells you what we need proof of. You must make sure you provide all the proofs we need. If we do not receive all of the proofs we may not be able to process your application or award you the correct priority for your circumstances.
Alternatively you can collect a form from one of our customer service centres or information points.
Who can be on our housing list
You must be 16 or over to apply to be on our housing list.
You may not be eligible if -
- you are from abroad (even if you're a British Citizen)
- have been found guilty of unacceptable behaviour and we believe this makes you unsuitable to be a council tenant
If we decide you cannot be added to our housing list, or we disqualify you from it, we notify you and tell you how to appeal if you do not agree with our decision.
What happens next
Once your application has been registered we write to you with -
- your reference number (also called your bidding number)
- the level of priority you have been awarded
- what your household type is (for example if you are a single person or a family with one child, and so on)
This information determines the type of properties you can be considered for and how likely you are to be offered one, so you must check it carefully and contact us if you do not think it is correct. When you have received this you can start bidding.
Other housing options
There is high demand for our homes so we are unable to offer everyone on our housing list a property. You may wish to consider other housing options such as private rented accommodation or housing associations.
Changes in your circumstances
Once you are registered on the housing list it is your responsibility to inform us if any of your household circumstances change. You should also make sure we always have your up to date contact details so that we can contact you if you are being considered for an offer of a property. Failure to advise us of any changes in youor circumstances could result in us not being able to make you an offer of a property.
If you would like to know how much benefit you may be able to receive or help with budgeting, visit our benefit calcular and budgeting tools