Applying for council housing
There are far more people wanting to move to council and housing association homes than the number of homes available.
How to apply for housing help
There is no application form for you to fill in. Please read the documents in the downloads section and if you think we may be able to help you, contact the housing needs team - details on the right - to arrange a housing assessment.
We do not hold a wasteful housing register/waiting list of people who we will never be able to help. We will be honest with you about whether we can help you find a home. Many people who apply for housing help will not be placed into any band.
Barnet Homes manages housing allocations on the council's behalf.
How do we decide who to help?
We operate a simple banding system which is summarised below. Homes are usually offered to people in band 1 first:
|Who is this for?||Example|
|Band 1||For people who need a home urgently||Somebody who has a life- threatening medical condition and cannot remain in their current home|
|Band 2||For people who need home and do something for the community||A working family with young children who are about to become homeless|
|Band 3||For people who need a home but are not entitled to the community contribution award||A family with 3 children who are overcrowded because they live in a 1 bedroom flat|
|Band 4||For people who need housing but have a lower priority||People who have not lived in Barnet for 2 years but the council has accepted a duty to house|
We may offer people a council home, housing association home or a home in the private rented sector.
Doing something for the community
We will help people who have a housing need and who also put something into the community. This could include people who need to move and are working, volunteering, training, or are foster carers or former members of the armed forces. We understand that sometimes people may be less able to do community work and we take this into account when making decisions.
At risk of losing your home?
It is important that you tell us as soon as possible if it is likely that you could become homeless. We will do everything we can to prevent this so you can stay in your current home.