To be housed in a council or housing association home you need to be on the housing register.
Once you have applied to the housing register, your application will be considered and assessed. If you are accepted on to the active register you can start bidding for properties.
Properties are offered based on housing need. The main way that we represent housing need is by awarding points.
Council and housing association housing is in very high demand and there is not enough to house everyone who would like this type of housing. If you are thinking about applying to the housing register, we suggest that you speak to our housing options team to get a realistic idea of how likely you are to be made an offer of housing. If this is not a realistic housing option for you, then you can get more advice on meeting your housing need.
Find out more about applying to the housing register
or download a copy of our leaflet your housing register application (PDF 374 KB).