Apply to join the Housing Register
The Housing Register helps us manage the very high demand for social housing in Adur and Worthing.
To join the Housing Register you must have a housing need. This means that your current accommodation is not suitable for you or a member of your household.
Unfortunately because there are not enough available homes to meet demand, joining the register does not guarantee you will get a property.
Who can apply
You can apply to join the Housing Register if at least one of the following applies to you:
- you have a right to live in the UK
- you are over the age of 18
- you have lived in Adur and Worthing continuously for at least two years
- you are a serving member of the British Armed Forces, have served in the last five years or are a serving or former member who has a serious injury, illness or disability as a result of your service
- you are the bereaved spouse or civil partner of a serving member of the Armed Forces and currently living in Ministry of Defence accommodation
- you have worked in paid employment for Adur & Worthing Councils for at least two years (for a minimum of 15 hours a week)
- you do not live in Adur and Worthing, but your current accommodation is not suitable for your needs and you have a local connection
- you are a current tenant of either the Council or one of our registered providers and have a recognised housing need
- you are temporarily living outside of Adur and Worthing, but have previously lived in the area and have a local connection, or are living in accommodation arranged by us
You do not qualify to join the Housing Register if any of the following applies to you:
- you have a household income of £50,000 gross per year or more
- you have savings or capital that you could use to find somewhere suitable to live
- you own or have an interest in a property in the UK or abroad which would meet your needs, or you could sell to help
- you buy or rent somewhere suitable
- your housing needs are being looked after by another local authority
You can apply to join the Housing Register by completing a two-step process online:
- The first step checks whether you are eligible to apply for housing
- If you are deemed eligible you will then complete a full application
What information you need to provide
You will need to enter your National Insurance number and an email address to complete your application.
You will also need to provide copies of the following:
- 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 living situation, eg tenancy agreement, notice to leave your accommodation, court papers, letters from your mortgage lender or landlord
- details of any relevant medical conditions
What happens next
If you are accepted to join the Housing Register your application will be assessed, and we will give you a priority band based on your housing need. There are four bands, A to D, with band A for applicants in the most urgent need.
You will also be given a priority date, which is either the date of your application or the date your application moved up into a higher band. Priority dates are used to rank applications in the same band in order of priority.
The length of time you will have to wait to be rehoused 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 and in any type of accommodation.
On average, many people wait three years for housing. If you are in band D it is unlikely that you will be rehoused, due to demand for housing far outstripping supply.
Change of circumstances
If you've already applied to join the Housing Register and want to make a change to your details please complete the form below so we can reassess your housing need. You may need to provide supporting documentation, ie a copy of the birth certificate if you have recently had a child.
Moving to another property
If you are already a tenant of the Council or a Housing Association but want to move to an alternative property, you will need to join the Housing Register.
Your needs will be assessed in the same way as any other housing applicant. If you are currently living in accommodation which meets your needs but you just wish to move to an alternative property or area, you will not be considered as having a high priority housing need. You may wish to consider registering with a Homeswap or mutual exchange scheme instead.
If you are homeless
If you are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, please contact us for advice. For more information please see:
Need assistance with this service?
Get in touch:
Housing: Accommodation Team
Page last updated: 25 November 2022