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The Housing Needs Team offer advice on housing options available to you based on your individual circumstances.

Call the Housing Needs Team on 0207 332 1237/3452 for advice.

If you wish to speak with us in person, please call and make an appointment so we can make sure that a member of staff is available to see you.

Need an interpreter?
We are also able to arrange telephone interpreters for you.​​​​

Social housing

​Waiting times for social housing in the Square Mile are extremely long. In certain situations, you may be expected to wait more than 10 years.

Social housing is limited due to very low supply and extremely high demand.

Housing Register: how to apply for social housing

You can apply for social housing managed by the City of London Corporation through our Housing Register, but you must have a City of London connection in order to apply.

Housing transfer

A current tenant of the City of London that is living in overcrowded accommodation or wishes/needs to downsize can apply for a transfer.

You use the same form as the waiting list, but you only need to send us proof of any additional family members in your household. We do not need you to send proof for any family members that were with you when you moved into your current property, however, please list the whole family on the form.

A City of London tenant, who wishes to move to a property of the same size but in another location or estate, will need to register for a mutual exchange through HomeSwapper and/or through other online providers.

From 1 April 2016 City of London secure tenants living in a studio property who are over 45 years of age are able to apply for a transfer into a one bedroom property.

Please ask the Housing Needs Team for more details.

Housing for older people

All sheltered and alms house lists are currently closed – and this is likely to be the case until at least April 2017.

Housing Needs Team

Call the Housing Needs Team on 0207 332 1237/3452 for advice on housing options available to you based on your individual circumstances.

If you wish to speak with us in person, please call and make an appointment so we can make sure that a member of staff is available to see you.

If you wish to apply for a City of London property, you must complete a housing application form. Once completed, the Housing Needs Team will assess you and put your application into a band and award reasonable preference points.

Once you are on the Housing Register, you will be able to show your interest on available properties by bidding using our choice based letting system.

Homes are offered to the bidder in the highest band with the highest reasonable preference points.

There are a large number of households on the City of London's Housing Register and we are not able to offer a home to everybody who applies

​Many people face a long wait for social housing and people with lower housing needs may not be rehoused at all. Because there are far more people seeking council and housing association homes than available homes the City of London operates an allocations policy to ensure fairness in our decision making.

The City allocates some applicants from the Housing Register to the Housing Associations with which we work in partnership, namely Guinness, Peabody Trust and Toynbee. This is also done through the Choice Based Lettings scheme.

Alternative housing options

There is no shortcut to the waiting list, so you may need to make alternative decisions about your housing.

You can approach your local Citizens Advice, Toynbee Hall or other independent advice agencies for support.

Shelter can provide you with independent advice about what to do if you are homeless or having problems with your accommodation and may become homeless.

Published:
06 October 2015
Last Modified:
30 August 2017

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