Apply to be on the Housing Register
You need to be registered to allow you to express interest in available Council or Housing Association homes in the Borough through HomeOption (Choice-based Lettings). The rules applicable to eligibility and allocations are contained within the Allocations Policy 2014. We would advise you to read this prior to applying.
Please note: Just because you register, does not mean you will be successful in being housed in the short or medium term. There is a significant shortage of accommodation across the Borough compared to the number of people looking to be housed. The length an applicant may have to wait will depend upon their individual circumstances and how often bids are placed through HomeOption.
Our policy is that only applicants on the Transfer List may bid on houses. This enables the flats and maisonettes currently occupied by transfer applicants to be made available to applicants on our housing register (HomeSeekers), which we consider to be the fairest way of allocating property.
HomeSeekers are applicants not currently in social accommodation, or whom are in social accommodation outside of the Borough. Transfer Applicants are those individuals who are existing tenants of Brentwood Borough Council or were nominated by Brentwood Borough Council to a Housing Association property within the Borough. Please ensure you return the correct documents as per the relevant checklist below.
How to Apply
By completing the online application and returning all required documents your application will be assessed and you will be notified as to whether you have been accepted on to the Housing Register or not.
Transfer applicants are required to have a clear rent account of at least 6 months prior to any offer of accommodation. If a Transfer List applicant has rent arrears within the previous 6 months they will be bypassed (please see Allocations Policy 2014 for further details). If you have rent arrears please contact the Estates Management team to discuss how you will be resolving this issue.
To enable us to fully assess your application, please provide all information requested. You will also be required to send us documents (please see Document Checklists below).
- Document Checklist - Homeseeker Applicants (please send with your documents)
- Document Checklist - Transfer Applicants (please send with your documents)
You will be required to provide all documentary evidence to support your application within 7 days of the submission of your application. If you do not have all documentation please do not apply until you have all documents available ready to submit.
Once the Application form and all documents are received then they will be assessed. It is your responsibility to ensure the documents required on the checklist are all returned together. If we do require evidence we will notify you in writing but then you will be required to provide all outstanding documents within 7 days or your application will be cancelled.
Due to the high volume of applications assessments may take a significant period of time. Please do not contact us during this period unless you have been requested to do so. You will have received a reference number when applying which indicates we have your application. If you have not received a reference number (automatically sent via email once you complete the application) then it is likely the form has not been completed. If you have fully completed and submitted but do not have the reference please contact us to check we have received it.
If your application is assessed and you are considered to be ineligible for the Housing Register then you will be notified of the reason in writing, however you will have the opportunity to appeal this decision in writing within 21 days. It is always beneficial to provide any supporting documents/evidence to support your appeal request.
Housing Options Team
Brentwood Borough Council
Once your application has been assessed and we have received all required information to support your application we will write to you and advise you of your application number and your points allocation.
If you are eligible for the housing register then your application will be backdated to the original date of receipt.
A scheme user guide will be issued to you separately from HomeOption, which will provide information and guidance on accessing and using the HomeOption choice based lettings scheme.
If you are already a tenant of Brentwood Borough Council, you may also register for a mutual exchange via Homeswapper.
If you require advice on your housing options you will need to complete the online 'Housing Advice Request' form.
Change of Circumstance
If there is a change of circumstance for anybody that has been named on your application after you have submitted your Housing Registration Form it is important that we are notified of the change as we will need to reassess your application as the change may affect the points previously awarded to you. Please view the Change of Circumstance web page for further information and for details of how to report a change of circumstance.