There is a great demand for social housing in Southampton, therefore we need to keep a register of people who want to be re-housed.
This register is a combined list of Southampton City Council tenants who want to move to different accommodation, and those in private rented accommodation or staying with family and friends. It also includes Housing Association tenants and those in temporary accommodation.
If you would like to contact a Housing Association directly, we have a list of some in this area.
How are applications assessed?
To make sure that people in the greatest housing need have priority, a points scheme is used to assess the needs of each housing application. There is one form to complete. Guidance notes are available to help you complete the application form. The service is available for all qualifying Southampton City Council tenants. Once you have been accepted you will be able to register with Homebid and start bidding on properties.
How long will I have to wait?
We are often asked ‘how many points do I need to get housed?’, and ‘how long do I have to wait before I get housed?’ These are not easy questions to answer because social housing is a precious resource with demand far exceeding supply. Personal circumstances and the type and location of property you are waiting for all have an effect.
To give you an idea and some guidance on the likelihood of vacancies, points levels and waiting times, have a look at the document 'Lettings statistics' listed in the 'downloadable documents' section below. This may help you to make informed decisions about the properties you bid for.
Where can I get an application form?