How do I apply

Are you saving for your first rent payment?
Whatever tenure you move into you will need to pay rent in advance, even if you are claiming benefits.

1. Register for Housing

You will need to complete a housing options assessment prior to joining the housing register. It will only take a few minutes to complete the small number of questions. There are other housing options that may make it easier and quicker for you to find a home, move home or get help to stay in your current home. Consider these options before applying to join the housing register.

The link to the housing register will be displayed along with other housing options available, information and advice.  

Before you fill in the form, take a moment to consider if you are ready to be a tenant:

  • Can you afford to pay the rent and all the bills?
  • Can you afford to furnish a home? Homes are not furnished so you will need lots of essential items - read about the cost of running a home to find out more.
  • Have you got ID and National Insurance numbers for everyone moving with you aged 16 and over?

2. Take our online 'Are you ready' course

If you're applying for your first tenancy or if you've had rent arrears or other problems in a past tenancy you'll need to take our online 'Are you ready' course before your application is made live and you can start bidding. Find out more on our Are you ready page.

If you already have a tenancy with a registered social landlord, you will not need to take the course - please send us copy or a photo of your tenancy agreement using our online form.

Once we have received your application, and your 'Are you Ready' certificate, we will check your application and give you a banding

We will then let you know your banding, registration date and application number. You will also be told the property types that you are eligible to bid on based on your family size and needs. We aim to do this in seven days and you can start bidding. 

If you have a medical condition that may affect your re-housing needs - please read our medical assessments page.

Guidance notes

  1. Please ensure that you complete every question that is relevant to you. Please take care as mistakes may slow down your application being processed.
  2. If you own your home you will need to demonstrate that you are actively looking to sell your property and if successful in obtaining a home the property is sold and can evidence this on request.
  3. Joint applications will be accepted from married or cohabiting couples including same sex relationships providing that each partner is eligible in their own right to join the housing register.
  4. Joint applications will be accepted from persons not in a relationship who are looking to be considered for 2 or 3 bedroom flat or maisonette and eligible in their own right to join the housing register.
  5. Extended household members or others will not normally be included on the application unless there is parental responsibility or there are medical or social grounds on why the household needs to live together.
  6. Anyone who supplies false information or doesn't tell us something we should know risks being excluded from the housing register, losing their tenancy and may be prosecuted.





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