How to apply?

You can register with a local authority if you have a priority need to move.

Once you’ve registered with a borough, you’ll be able to ‘bid’ on the homes you’re eligible for. Some boroughs may offer a waiting list rather than a bidding system.

You’ll be contacted when a suitable property is available. You’ll be prioritised based on your housing needs.

To register with the local authorities you must have:

  • A local connection who has lived in the area usually for a minimum of two to five years (depending on the local authority area you live in)
  • A priority need to move, for example if you’re underoccupying or overcrowded.

How to apply? Find your local authority and look to complete a housing application form.

Contact your Local authority


How we allocate our homes

We're committed to allocating our homes in a fair, transparent and efficient way.

More information about the range of housing options we offer and who can access them, plus what you can do if you’re not happy with a decision we have made, can be found in our Housing Options and Lettings Policy.

Read our Housing Options and Lettings Policy


What to expect when you move in

We understand the difference safe, secure and affordable homes can make to people’s lives. 

Our Empty Homes Standard outlines how your new home will be clean, safe, secure and in good repair ready for you to move in. Read more about what you can expect from your new home.

As a resident living in a social rented home, your home must also meet the current minimum standard for housing as outlined in the Government's Decent Homes Standard. Read more about these standards here.

Read more about the Empty Homes Standard Read more about the Decent Homes Standards

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Buying the home you rent

As a Southern Housing resident it may be possible to buy the home that you rent from us.

There are a number of schemes that allow you to do this and the eligibility criteria for each is different.

Find out more about these schemes.

Read more