In Dudley, as in other parts of the country, there are more people looking for council housing than there are available properties.
Update Summer 2021
Unfortunately, due to an increase in demand for the Housing Options Service we are currently unable to assess applications to join the Housing Register within our published service standards.
Anyone completing a form at this time is unlikely to be contacted for several weeks, please note by submitting an application you are applying to join a housing register/waiting list we are not able to provide emergency housing. Please take the time to read the information on our website about the Housing Options that are available to you and alternative services.
We apologise for these delays and can assure you we are doing all we can to address them, applications will continue to be assessed in date order and applicants will be contacted in due course.
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.
If you still wish to apply to the Housing Register you should also read the leaflet ‘Applying for a council property - Is this service for me’. You can find important advice on the priority awarded to applications, what happens next and information you will be asked to provide as part of your application.
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 7 bands which represent different levels of need. Band 1 is the highest priority and Band 7 is the lowest priority. Following consultation an updated policy which includes reducing the number of bands from 7 to 5 was approved by Cabinet and implementation is in process.
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.
Designation changes to low rise flats and maisonettes
From 8th June 2021 age designations will be removed from all low-rise flats including duplex flats, bedsits and maisonettes owned by the Council. This will affect future lettings of these properties, and, the banding of approximately 120 applicants out of a total 4296 currently on the waiting list. The band 4 need given to applicants who live in a property that is not for their age group will be removed. All low-rise flats and maisonettes with two or more bedrooms will be prioritised to families with children.
See our Designations Factsheet below for more information.