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In Dudley, as in other parts of the country, there are more people looking for council housing than there are available properties.

The demand for council accommodation is far higher than the available properties each year, and this is particularly the case at this time, you can find useful information about other housing options that are available.  Please take time to read this.

Once you have submitted your application online and received your receipt and application number, this is confirmation that your form has been received by the Housing Options Team.  We will contact you as soon as we can, please do not call to chase your application as they are assessed in date order and this can cause further delays.

Council housing is not suitable for everyone and there are other affordable housing options available.

Before applying to join the housing waiting list for council housing please read the information below; you can then decide if this is the right service for you.

Who can apply for housing?

Our housing waiting list is open to people who have lived and/or worked in Dudley for at least the last two years, except for

  • people who are excluded from housing because of their immigration status
  • people we individually exclude because of their previous serious anti-social behaviour or 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 currently own a property or have sold or transferred ownership of a property within the last five years and can afford to rent privately
  • people who owe rent or other housing related debts but are not excluded

Who will get priority for housing?

We use a banding scheme to prioritise applications for housing. There are currently 5 bands which represent the different levels of need. Band 1 is the highest priority and Band 5 is the lowest priority. Customers in Band 5 will need to consider all their housing options as most will not be made an offer of accommodation via the Council’s waiting list.

Your application will be assessed on your individual circumstances and you will be placed in one of five bands.

Please see the bandings page for further information.

Allocation Policy Changes- February 2022

The Council has recently reviewed its Policy on the allocation of housing and made some changes. You can find further information on these changes in the attached letter.

If your application is affected, you will see your new band on your Dudley at Home account from Thursday 10th February. Please direct any enquires regarding these changes to Alternatively, you can contact us by telephone on 01384 816885.


Designation changes to low rise flats and maisonettes

On 8th June 2021 age designations were removed from all low-rise flats including duplex flats, bedsits and maisonettes owned by the Council. The band 4 need given to applicants who live in a property that is not for their age group has now been removed. All low-rise flats and maisonettes with two or more bedrooms are now prioritised to families with children.

See our Designations Factsheet below for more information.