How to apply for our housing register, who can apply, and how we decide who gets housing
Who can apply?
You can apply to go on our housing register if you're over the age of 18 and:
- your annual income and savings are less than a third of the average property price in the area
- you have a local connection
You'll have a local connection if:
- you have lived in our borough for at least three out of the last five years, or;
- you have close family (brothers, sisters, parents, children) who have been living in the borough for five years or more
Who can't apply?
You'll not be accepted onto our register if:
- you're under immigration control
- you've been asked to leave a previous property due to unacceptable behaviour (anti-social behaviour, a breach in tenancy conditions, or substantial tenancy arrears)
If you live outside the borough
If you do not live in our area, you'll not be able to apply for housing unless:
- you're a member or previously serving member (within five years) of the armed forces
- there are exceptional circumstances which require you to be in our area
Apply for housing
To apply to on the housing register you'll need:
- your national insurance number
- your email address
- six years address history (including postcodes)
- supporting documents as proof of residence for everyone over 18 (supporting documents will need to be uploaded using the link at the end of the form. You will need to provide ID, Income and proof of your last six years housing history as a minimum. This is explained as you complete the online form)
If you’re returning to complete an application you’ve already started, and you’re having problems logging in, please see our ‘Further information’ section below.
What happens next?
We’ll only be able to process your application when you’ve provided all the supporting documents we ask for. Once we have everything we need it can take four-six weeks to hear from us.
If you're accepted onto the register, we'll write to you and give you a reference number. Please keep hold of this, you'll need this to bid on available properties. We'll put you in one of three bands; low, medium or high. The letter will also confirm which band you're in.
How we decide who gets housing?
If there is more than one applicant for an advertised home, we'll select the one in the highest band who has the earliest 'relevant date'. The 'relevant date' is normally the date you first registered, or the date when your priority band last changed.
Further information about our scheme, including how we allocate properties, can be found in our guidance booklet at the bottom of the page.
Can’t remember your household login number (ID)?
When you’ve made your application a household login number (ID) will be shown, and emailed using the email address provided.
If you can’t remember your household login number, then you'll need to start a new application to find it. You’ll need to enter your forename, surname, date of birth, and National Insurance Number. The system will find any application linked to your details, and provide your application number (this is a six-digit number beginning with an eight). You can then use this to reset your other details if needed. You can find out your household login number on our housing registration page.
Can’t remember your password?
You can reset your password using your household login (ID) number. To re-set your password, click on ‘changing my details or completing an existing application’, and follow the instructions to ‘reset login information’.