Applying for social housing

Social housing is provided by councils, housing associations and housing cooperatives. It’s usually cheaper than private rented housing, and you’ll get a long-term tenancy with very strong rights.

When you apply for social housing, you’ll be added to a housing list. The waiting time depends on where you’re applying and your circumstances.

You'll usually get higher priority if you have urgent housing needs.

Last updated: 19 January 2023

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