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Applying for council housing

We cannot offer housing to most people who apply. The pressures and demands on council housing supply are increasing in Barking and Dagenham and all other London councils.

There are over 7,000 households on our waiting list (housing register) and only around 600 council homes become vacant each year. Even those in the most need may have a very long wait.  It is unlikely that you will be allocated any type of council housing and you will better off renting privately. If you are on a low income you can get help with rent payments by claiming Universal Credit

People on the housing register have told us that if they knew how unlikely it was that they would be housed by the council they would have considered other options like moving into private rented accommodation in cheaper areas.

There is a shortage of social (council) housing in London, but other areas across the UK have more availability. 

Homefinder UK helps those already on the council waiting list or who are homeless, find permanent social housing.     

The Mayor of London has produced a map showing average rents for all London postcodes, and you can check to see where you can afford to rent within your budget. 

If you have received an eviction notice or think you might become homeless soon, go to our homelessness prevention page.     

Find out about renting privately 

There are some exceptions to the requirement to currently live in this borough, or having continuously lived here for the last 3 years. They are listed in Section 4 of the housing allocation policy.

Housing allocation policy (PDF, 355 KB)

If you believe you may qualify as an exceptional case, you can email us at housingadviceservice@lbbd.gov.uk explaining why and we will let you know if you are eligible to apply.   

Important information before you apply

We have a limited number of resources and it is very important that we are able to allocate these to those most in need. It is a criminal offence to give false information in order to attempt to secure housing or exaggerate your eligibility. If you tell us something that we find to be false we may prosecute you.

You must upload your documents within 15 days of submitting your application. If you do not your application will be closed.

Housing register application form

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Are you already on the housing register?
This form is only for new applications to Barking and Dagenham's social housing register.

If you are already on the housing register and want to tell us about a change in your circumstances, please use the report a change in circumstances form.
 
Report a change in circumstances
 

New application

Main applicant details

Name main applicant

Eligibility questions


Your answers to the following questions will be used to decide if you are eligible to apply to be on our housing register.

If you don't answer all the questions you won't be able to apply.   
 
Your age
Do you receive Enhanced Personal Independence Payments (PIP)?
Would you like to apply for sheltered housing?
Sheltered accomodation is accommodation designed for older people who are able to live independently but require some degree of support. You must be aged 55 years or over. 

Sheltered housing schemes are managed by the council or housing associations. Each sheltered housing property is self-contained and has its own front door, kitchen, bathroom and living room, with a separate or combined bedroom.
 
Do you also want to apply for general needs (non sheltered) housing?

Total value of your savings

This should include money held in:
  • any savings account, building society, bank deposit, Post Office savings bank, National Savings and Investments, etc
  • investments, stocks, shares, unit trusts, TESSAs, PEPs, ISAs, Premium Bonds, etc
Do you want to apply for sheltered accommodation?
Sheltered accomodation is accommodation designed for older people who are able to live independently but require some degree of support. 

Sheltered housing schemes are managed by the council or housing associations. Each sheltered housing property is self-contained and has its own front door, kitchen, bathroom and living room, with a separate or combined bedroom.
 
Do you want to apply for general needs (non-sheltered) housing as well as sheltered housing?

Total value of your savings

This should include money held in:
  • any savings account, building society, bank deposit, Post Office savings bank, National Savings and Investments, etc
  • investments, stocks, shares, unit trusts, TESSAs, PEPs, ISAs, Premium Bonds, etc
Do you currently live in the borough of Barking and Dagenham?
Do you currently live in accommodation provided by Barking and Dagenham council?
Have you left the armed forces or reserve forces within the last 5 years?
Are you due to leave the armed forces or reserve forces?
Are you married to, or a partner of a member of the armed or reserve forces who is due to leave services accommodation following their death?
Are you a tenant of another council in England who needs to move to Barking and Dagenham as you either have a job here or you have been offered a job here?
We have decided that you are not eligible to apply to the housing register, based on your answers to the questions above. 

If you disagree, you can appeal against our decision within 7 days from todays date by emailing housingadviceservice@lbbd.gov.uk. Your email should be titled "Appeal against housing register decision". Please clearly state your reasons for disagreeing with our decision.   

We will usually make a decision about your appeal within 14 days.

How to complete this form

You need an email address to complete the form. You will be asked questions about yourself, all other people included on the application and your housing circumstances including:
  • full names
  • date of birth
  • National Insurance number
  • immigration status
  • current address details
  • address history, for the last 5 years
  • medical details
  • employment details
Answer all questions as fully as you can, as any missing information may cause us to delay making a decision about your application. You will need to provide documents as evidence of the above. Details can be found later in this form and you will be able to upload photos or scanned copies of your documents. You should have all the documents ready to upload before you start the application. 

If someone else is completing the application for you, they must complete the declaration at the end of the application.

Children will only be accepted as part of the application if you, or another person included on the application:
  • receives Child Benefit for the child
  • has a court order regarding residency for the child
  • has a long-term foster care placement for the child
If your application is accepted, you must tell us about any change to your circumstances. If you are not sure whether you should tell us about  a change please check with us.


It may take over an hour to complete the form

You can go backwards and forwards between pages on the form and your answers will be saved but you cannot save your overall progress and come back to complete the form later if you are on a public computer. If you are on a personal computer your progress will be saved as long as the browser displaying the form is open.

We do not recommend completing this form on a mobile phone or tablet as you are more likely to have connectivitity issues and could lose your data before submission.