Applying for social housing
We have almost 5000 households waiting for social housing. Because there are around only 800 available lettings available each year, we can only consider applicants with the greatest need. Even those that are considered are likely to face a lengthy wait, unless they choose areas that have the most vacancies. For more information on the housing situation in Croydon, see the Your Home, Your Move page.
Am I eligible for council housing?
You are eligible to join Croydon's housing register, if you are: aged 18 or over, have been assessed as having a housing need and are not subject to immigration controls. You can get information and advice about "immigration controls" from the Home Office (Immigration Directorate), by telephone 0870 606 7766 or via the Home Office web site.
Do I qualify to apply for the housing register?
You can apply to go on the council register if:
- you live in Croydon, and have lived in Croydon for at least three (3) years
- you are not registered on another council's housing register
- you cannot afford to rent or buy a suitable home privately
- you do not owe rent arrears from a previous tenancy
- you have not previously broken your tenancy conditions, including anti-social behaviour.
What level of housing need must I have
Your application will go on the housing register, if we consider you to have a "high" housing need. This means:
- you must be in a property that is, at least, two bedrooms overcrowded according to the bedroom standard
- your current housing is in a poor state of repair and has a moderate ongoing effect on your health
- you have a medical condition or disability which is affected by your housing
- you are homeless, according to the Housing Act 1996
- you need to move, on welfare grounds, because you are leaving local authority care
- you are a foster carer or adoptive parent and need to move to larger accommodation to accommodate a child that is being looked after by Croydon Council
Does anyone receive a higher priority for housing?
Yes, if you are assessed as having a housing need you will have a higher priority, if you are:
- registered as foster carers and adoptive parents by Croydon Council.
Armed forces personnel
If you are a serving or former member of the armed or reserve forces, you will qualify and will be awarded additional preference. This also applies to the widows and bereaved civil partners of deceased service men and women.
How do I apply?
You should complete a housing register eligibility form, to find out whether you are likely to be considered for social housing. You can find the link in 'Apply for it'.
If you are accepted onto the housing register, you can check your position in the waiting list, using the online ‘My Account’ tool. You will need to create an online account with us first, and then select 'Housing Register'.