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Applying for a Council Home

In Dudley, as in other parts of the country, there are more people looking for council housing than there are available properties. Council housing is not suitable for everyone and there are other affordable housing options available.

For more information please see finding a home.

If you are looking for housing in the Dudley borough one option is rented accommodation from the Council or other registered providers (housing associations).

The council has a number of 2+ bedroom properties across the borough, which you may be able to apply for without being on the housing register.

Before applying to join the housing register (waiting list) for council housing with Dudley MBC please read the following information; you can then decide if this service is right for you.

Who can apply for housing?

Most people can join our waiting list, unless they are excluded by their immigration status or they are refused because of previous serious anti-social behaviour or a breach of tenancy conditions with any landlord.

Applications from existing tenants of Dudley Council who wish to move will only be considered following a visit from their Housing Manager to confirm that their home is in good order and all other tenancy conditions are being maintained.

Applications for a transfer to alternative property will not normally be accepted from any Dudley Council tenant within two years of the tenancy start date.

Some people can join our list but will be given lower priority -

  • people who live outside Dudley borough and have no significant reason to move here

  • people who currently own a property or have sold or transferred ownership of a property within the last five years and can afford to rent privately

Applications from people who want sheltered housing or extra care housing will be individually considered. Applicants may be accepted despite having sold a property or being an owner-occupier who has not sold their property - however, they will need to have an intention to sell their property.

Who will get priority for housing?

The council uses a banding scheme that shows what priority you may be awarded. Your application will be assessed on your individual circumstances and you will be placed in one of seven bands.

Please see the Bandings page for further information.

How and where do I apply for housing?

To give some indication of which band you will be awarded and an approximate waiting time for accommodation you will need to complete an on-line pre-assessment form. Once you have completed your on-line pre-assessment, if you decide to continue with an application you will need the following information:

  • National Insurance number for yourself, your partner or joint applicant where applicable
  • Names and dates of birth for everyone living at your current address whether they are moving with you or not
  • Address history for the past 10 years for yourself and your partner where applicable
  • Names and contact details for anyone supporting you

 

If you have completed the pre-assessment before and not gone on to complete the full application you will need to complete the pre-assessment again.

It is also important to remember when applying for housing that you must be able to afford the rent and other associated costs. This could be in the form of Housing Benefits; however, you should be aware of the recent changes to welfare benefits.

:: I want to apply for council housing - online pre-assessment form

:: I wish to continue with my online application

What if I'm in a lower band?

Certain flats and maisonettes may be allocated to applicants in Bands 5, 6 and 7 and applicants in these bands willing to consider this type of accommodation should therefore not be discouraged from applying. However, we are unlikely to allocate a house to these bands.

There is a range of other options which you may wish to consider such as renting privately, shared ownership, mutual exchange or sheltered housing. Dudley Council offers its residents a Housing Options Service providing information and advice. You do not need to join the waiting list to use this service.

Continue, amend or cancel an application

If you need to return to an on-line application you can access your form here.

 

I have completed my application form - what do I do now?

Please see the application process.

Medical assessment application

To help you decide if you need to complete a medical assessment application please refer to our medical terms and conditions.

If you are applying for housing and have a medical need you will be able to complete a medical assessment form as part of your on-line housing application if this is appropriate.

If you already have a housing application you can apply for medical assessment on a separate medical assessment form - you will need your housing application number (this contains numbers only, not letters, and is the number used for bidding).

Exceptional needs

Every situation is different occasionally there are circumstances that are not adequately recognised in our lettings policy. If you feel that this applies to you please let us know when you make your application so that your circumstances can be considered.

Lettings Policy

We are currently reviewing our Lettings Policy in response to the changes brought about by the Localism Act 2011 and Welfare Reform Act 2012. Over 300 people responded to our recent consultation exercise, and a summary of responses is available. We are grateful for all of the comments received and they are being considered in deciding what further changes may need to be made. In response to customer comments, we have already given higher priority to members of the Armed Forces and approved foster carers/adoptive parents.

Housing fraud

Dudley Council has a zero tolerance to fraud and is determined to crack down on offenders and has set up a new fraud hotline to make it easier for people to report suspected cases of fraud.

:: more information about housing fraud

Dudley at Home

Once accepted onto Dudley’s housing register you can view available properties and ‘bid’ for any that meet your housing criteria. The term ‘bid’ simply means stating an interest in a property. The Dudley at Home website lists properties that are available from Dudley Council and other registered providers of social housing.

For more information about Dudley at Home please see the related documents below: Dudley at Home - viewing and applying for properties.

Dudley at Home - support for vulnerable customers

We are committed to providing help with the application process for those who need it. Our Strategy for Vulnerable People is available to download below. Customers who do not have computer access at home can use a computer free of charge at Dudley Council Plus, area housing offices and libraries. Customers who, through age or disability, are unable to place bids for themselves, are allocated a member of staff who will keep in touch with them and place bids on their behalf when required.

Please see related documents to the right to view the strategy.

Supported and sheltered housing

Information on supported and sheltered housing.

Empty homes repair standard

In related documents below you will find a detailed guide to the work we will normally carry out in empty homes and also a summary of the important points. Your new home will be safe and weather-proof and when you view it we will discuss exactly what work is going to be carried out either before you move in or afterwards.

The Empty Home Repairs Standard is available under related documents to the right.