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Housing Register - Applying for housing

General information

There is a severe shortage of housing available and approximately 1 in every 10 people will be rehoused each year.

Many people wait more than three years to get a property through the Housing Register and others may not be rehoused at all.

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How do I apply?

First, you should check if you are likely to qualify to join the Housing Register.

You can do this by using our new self-assessment checker.

This is a quick and easy way to see if you are likely to qualify to join the Housing Register.

Based on the information you provide the checker will also give you advice to help with your housing needs.

If you are likely to qualify, the advice will include an application form to download.

It should only take about 10 minutes to complete:

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What information do I need to provide?

If you make an application, you will need to provide the following documents with your application to enable it to be assessed:

  • Proof of identification for you and any other person included on your application
  • Marriage or divorce certificates
  • Proof of income, benefits and any savings you have
  • Documents confirming your current situation, for example, tenancy agreement, notice to leave your accommodation, court papers, letters from your mortgage lender or landlord
  • Details in relation to any medical conditions

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Why can't I apply online?

We ask you to provide a number of documents to support your application. Without these documents your application cannot be assessed. We have to ensure that anyone who applies for housing is eligible and has the right to live in the UK on an on-going basis. Unfortunately you cannot provide these documents online so you will need to complete a paper application form and provide all the documents required with your form.

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How will my application be prioritised?

There are four Bands - A, B, C and D - which are used to assess the priority a person has for rehousing. Band A is the highest Band and only applicants that have the most urgent need for housing are placed in Band A. There is a very small percentage of applicants in Band A and most applicants who are rehoused are in Band C. If you do not have a local connection to the Council you are applying to then you will have a very low or often no priority for rehousing at all. You will also have a priority date for housing which is either the date of you original application to us or the date you moved up into a higher Band.

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How long will it take before I am rehoused?

The Register of Housing Need cannot provide an immediate solution to your housing problem, even if you are homeless. The length of time you will have to wait will depend on the type of property you need and the area where you want to live. If you need a specific type of accommodation, or only want to live in a house, you will have to wait longer than someone who is willing to live in any area that the Council covers and in any type of accommodation. On average, many people wait three years for housing but if you are in Band D, it is unlikely you would ever be rehoused.

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What happens to my application if I move?

You must let us know if you move and want to remain on the Housing Register. If you move to a similar type of accommodation that you were already living in, you may stay in the same Band with the same priority date. However, all applications are reassessed when circumstances change so your Band and/or priority date may change.

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What happens if my circumstances change?

You must notify us in writing and providing any supporting documents (for example a copy of the birth certificate and proof of child benefit if you have recently had a child). Your application will be reassessed to decide whether your change of circumstances affects your Band or Priority Date.

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What happens if I am homeless?

If you are already homeless or about to become homeless you need to contact us for advice. In most cases the fact that you are homeless does not change the priority you have for rehousing and you will not be given additional priority over those people that are already in need of housing and are registered with us.

See also: Homelessness

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I am a tenant of Adur Council or Registered Provider (often referred to as Housing Associations) in Adur or Worthing and want to transfer to another property

If you are already a tenant of the Council or a Housing Association but need to move to alternative accommodation, you can apply to join the Housing Register. The Band and priority is assessed in the same way as any other housing applicant. This means that if you are in accommodation that is a suitable size for you but you just want to move to a different area (for example if you have problems with your neighbours) you are unlikely to be given any priority to move and should pursue a mutual exchange.

See also: Homeswap / Mutual Exchange

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