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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. Are you ready to be a tenant?

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

  • Do you have an active email address that you can access?
  • Can you afford to pay the rent and all the bills?
  • Can you afford to furnish a home? Our 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. Watch our 'Are you ready?' videos

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 watch our 'Are you ready?' videos 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, it is not essential watch the videos, however we recommend do as they contain lots of useful information.

Once we have received your online housing application, and confirmation you have watched and understood the videos, we will progress your application and give you a banding. You will also be told the property types that you are eligible to bid on based on your family size and needs. 

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

Guidance notes

  1. Please ensure that you complete every question in the housing application form 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. If you are successful in obtaining a home through Homes in the City we will need to see evidence that the property has been sold.
  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 people not in a relationship who are looking to be considered for 2 or 3 bedroom flats or maisonettes and are 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 are medical or social grounds explaining why the household needs to live together.
  6. Please do not add children to your application unless they live with you on a full time basis, you have a court order in respect to your child, or you are able to provide evidence that the child is both resident with you and dependant on you. A child shall be deemed to be resident with an applicant if the applicants home is the childs principal place of residence. Proof may be required to ensure that evidence provided in this respect is correct to the Council’s satisfaction.
  7. If you supply false information or do not tell us something we should know, you risk being excluded from the housing register, losing your tenancy and you may be prosecuted.