Applying for council housing

How to register and apply for council properties.

Eligibility for council housing

To be eligible for council housing, you must be 16 years old or over. Eligibility can also depend on your nationality, immigration status and if you’ve recently lived abroad. This is because the law says that there are some people who arrive in the UK from abroad that we cannot rehouse. If you apply for council housing and are not eligible, we will write to you and let you know why.

We will not accept applications if you have a history of unacceptable housing-related behaviour. This includes:

  • rent arrears
  • anti-social behaviour
  • criminal activity or damage to property
  • causing nuisance
  • perpetrating domestic violence
  • causing serious damage to property

If we reject your application, we will write to you to explain why.

Please be aware that demand for council housing in Leeds is very high. There are around 24,000 households on the housing register and we let around 5,000 properties a year. This means that we are unable to rehouse the majority of households on the register. It is advisable to consider alternative housing options.

How to apply

To apply or “bid” for council housing you must be a member of the Leeds Homes Register. You can join the Leeds Homes Register online.

You will need to provide your personal details. This includes:

  • your national insurance number
  • the national insurance number of any joint applicants
  • your email address

Register for Leeds Homes membership onlineExternal link

What happens next

Your application will be assessed to confirm that you and your household are eligible and qualify to apply for council housing.

If your application is approved, you will be given a Leeds Homes membership number. You can then place bids on council properties using the Leeds Homes website.

You must let us know about any changes in your circumstances that might affect your application.

Your Leeds Homes application will be given a “priority banding” according to how urgently you need housing. When making a decision, we will look at your medical needs, current housing conditions, whether you are homeless and any other circumstances that mean you need to be rehoused.

There are three bands:

Band A – urgent need

Band B – non-urgent need

Band C – all other households, including those with no housing need

Finding a property

Each bidding cycle runs from Wednesday at 8am to Monday at 5pm. You can place bids on up to three properties per week.

You can search for available properties online on the Leeds Homes Website. We also advertise available properties in our weekly Leeds Homes flyer, which is published every Wednesday and is available in all local housing offices and one stop centres.

Properties are let in one of the following ways:

  • 75% of council homes are advertised according to housing need and are usually let to the person in the highest priority band who has been waiting the longest
  • 25% of council homes are let to the person with the earliest date of application registration and a local connection to the Ward area the property is in, regardless of their priority
  • Waiting times vary between areas and property types. We publish detailed lettings information on the Leeds Homes Website.

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