How to apply for council housing
Other housing options while on the waiting list
Council housing waiting times can be very long. You might need to consider other options.
Renting from a private landlord or a letting agent is the quickest way to move. Read our advice on how to find a landlord who accepts people claiming benefits.
Apply to other councils
You can apply for council housing in multiple areas at the same time and you can join more than one waiting list.
Some areas can offer housing quicker. Most councils give priority to people who already have a connection to the area, for example if you have close family living there.
Apply to housing associations
Some housing associations have their own waiting list separate from the council’s. Search online for housing associations in your area and check how to apply on their website.
Apply as homeless
You can apply to the council for help if you're homeless or threatened with homelessness. They must look into your situation and help you find somewhere to live.
If you're not happy with the council's service
If you’re unhappy with the way the council has treated you, you can make a complaint.
You can make a complaint about:
rudeness of staff
failure to carry out legal obligations
Find out more about how to make a complaint and what outcomes you could get.
Last updated: 9 September 2021