How to qualify for affordable housing
be 18 or over
have housing qualifications
have a registration card
have a single or joint income of less than £40,000 per year (unless you have exceptional circumstances)
You must also meet at least one of the following criteria:
have a medical, physical or mental disability and be in need of a special type of housing
have a family with young children and be in receipt of a relatively low income
be over 50 and in receipt
of a relatively low income
Applying for affordable housing
You can apply to go on the waiting list for affordable housing using the form below.
Apply for affordable housing, a transfer, or to join the housing purchase scheme waiting list
Maximum income for affordable housing
If your single or joint income is over the £40,000 limit, you won’t normally qualify for affordable housing.
However, your application may still be considered if you have high childcare costs or a reduced income after having a baby.
You'll be assessed against a set of criteria to place you in the appropriate priority band. Priority will be given to those who are in the greatest need to be housed.
You can find out more about the bands below.
Affordable housing and how to apply
If you’re expecting your first child
We won’t be able to activate your application until you're 24 weeks pregnant. The housing providers probably won’t be able to offer you accommodation until your child is born, due to the high demand for social housing.
If there are special reasons why you can’t stay in your present accommodation up until your due date, or it’s unsuitable for new-born babies, let us know as soon as possible.
In all cases, you'll need to provide medical confirmation of your expected delivery date.
If you’re homeless or about to become homeless
Housing providers rarely have emergency accommodation. However, your application will be prioritised if you’re homeless or are about to become homeless.
Your application will only be accepted if you haven’t intentionally made yourself homeless or if you’re being evicted from a private sector rental.
If you can’t stay at your current address
Once you’re on the waiting list, it could be a long time before the housing providers can offer you any social housing. It’s important you do everything you can before relying on social housing.
If your lease is going to expire
Speak to your landlord to see if an extension of your lease is possible, perhaps on a monthly basis.
If you’re going to be evicted
Speak to your landlord and see whether the eviction process can be delayed. Let them know that you have registered with us.
Contact Citizens Advice to find out your rights for more information.
If you can’t afford the rent
Contact us to see if you may qualify for Income Support.
You should also speak to your landlord to see whether any allowances can be made in the short term.
In all circumstances, you should consider:
looking in the private sector
asking family or friends who may be able to help you
looking at short term accommodation, such as guest houses, winter lets or hostels
letting us know about any change of circumstances, as this may affect your priority
If you own property
We won’t consider your application if you own property, unless you have exceptional circumstances.
You should contact us to discuss further.
Eligibility policy for renting social housing
This Eligibility for Renting Social Housing policy sets out criteria for applications for social housing rental accommodation, including how they are assessed and prioritised. It also sets out the eligibility provisions for existing social housing tenants who want to transfer.
Eligibility Criteria for Renting Social Housing