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).
Please note: Just because you register, does not mean you will be successful in being housed in the immediate future.. 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 (current Council or Housing Association tenants nominated by BBC) 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.
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.
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. Once the Application form and all documents are received then your application will usually be assessed within 28 working days depending on thevolume of applications at that time. However, if you do not provide the minimum documentary evidence required, this may result in a delay or failure to register your application. Once your application is assessed, you will be notified whether further evidence is required to register your application, which you must provide within 7 days of the request.
If you fail to provide the requested information to enable assessment of your application within 7 days of the request then your application will be considered to be withdrawn.
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
Housing Needs Section
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.
Please note that we aim to assess applications within a 28 working day period. Please do not contact us during this period unless you have been requested to do so.
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.
Once we have checked your application we will write to you with your application number and points allocation.
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.