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.
To make an application to join the housing register, please visit Dudley Homes.
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 Community Housing Officer 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 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.
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.