What is the Housing Register?
The Council maintains a waiting list of people who would like to
live in a housing association home in the Borough. This is
known as the Housing Register. The Council also maintains a waiting
list of people who already live in a housing association home who
would like to transfer to a different housing association
property. This is known as the Transfer Register.
A Housing Register factsheet can be downloaded through the links
on the right.
The housing needs section can be contacted by e-mail through
Who is eligible to join the Housing Register?
Anyone aged 16 years and over, who is not already a housing
association tenant, is eligible to join the housing register
as a new applicant. However, you will not be eligible to join
if one or more of the following applies to you:
- You are subject to immigration control or you are not normally
a resident in the UK and this precludes you from housing
accommodation provided under Part VI of the Housing Act 1996
- The Council is satisfied that you or a member of your household
is guilty of unacceptable behaviour serious enough to make your
household unsuitable to be a social housing tenant
People aged 16 or 17 wishing to register on the list must have a
guarantor (over the age of 18) who will guarantee the tenancy
offered until the applicant reaches 18. This is because people
under the age of 18 are not legally able to sign a tenancy
contract. The guarantor may be a parent, guardian or social
Applications may be deferred (put on hold), however, for the
- If you owe money to the Council
- If you have been evicted from a council or housing association
tenancy due to anti-social behaviour, rent arrears or other breach
- If you are residing in accommodation which was purchased
through a subsidised scheme ie. Right to Buy, Tenants Cash
Incentive or you have benefited from such a scheme and it is within
five years from the date of purchase
- If you have been found intentionally homeless. In such cases
your application will be deferred for one year from the date of the
- If your financial circumstances ie. your income and savings
level, property ownership or other capital investment, is
considered sufficient to secure appropriate accommodation by your
- If you refuse two offers of suitable accommodation. This will
be a deferral period of two years and will start from the date of
the first suitable offer
How can I join the housing register?
You can join the housing register by filling in a Housing
Register application form. If you are a tenant of a
housing association, and would like to transfer to another
property, you can download and fill in a Transfer Register
Please contact housing
needs if you would like a hard copy of these forms.
If you are already on the housing register and your
circumstances have changed, you must notify the Council by
submitting a change of circumstances form which can be found
on the 'leaflets and forms' page.
What happens once an application has been accepted?
Applications are added to a category of
accommodation that corresponds to the size and needs of
the household. They are then assessed and points awarded
according to the points scheme.
The Council must be kept informed of any change in an
applicant's circumstances as this may affect their position on the
Applicants receive a reminder letter once a year asking if
they wish to remain on the housing register. If the Council does
not receive a reply, the application will be cancelled.
What if I have particular medical problems?
If you have medical problems which are affected by your current
housing, you may be given extra points. Our factsheet, medical
circumstances will give you more information about this and can be
found on the 'leaflets and forms'
How to get more information
For more questions and answer relating to the housing register,
visit the Housing Register FAQ's.
For more information on housing association homes in the
Borough, please visit the Housing
Association homes in the Borough page.
The Council awards points and nominates applicants to
properties according to the Council's allocations