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Apply for a council home

You can apply for a home through our HomeSearch scheme. You need to be registered on our housing list first and then you can bid for properties (bidding does not involve any money - you are just showing your interest in a property).

How to register on our housing list

You must fill in a HomeSearch application form available to download below.

The application forms are also available from our customer service centres and information points where staff are able to help you fill in the form.

Find your nearest customer service centre or information point

If you are unable to download and print off the form or pick one up from us telephone 01482 300 300.

What happens next

Once we have registered your application we write to tell you your reference number and level of priority on the housing list. You can then start bidding on our advertised properties.

Overhead view of some council houses

Bidding for a home

Once you are registered on our list you can bid for properties. You must read the important information below before you bid. This includes our rule about the types of property we can consider for you.

Important information about bidding for a council home

If you bid for any other property types we cannot consider you.

Search and bid online for council properties

Search and bid for council properties online

Who can be on our housing list

You must be 16 or over to apply to be on our housing list.

You may not be able to go on the list if you are from abroad (even if you are a British Citizen). For more information please access advice from the homeless charity Shelter.

Visit Shelter's website for more information (link opens in a new window)

You may not qualify to go on our housing list if you -

  • have been found guilty of unacceptable behaviour and we believe that this makes you unsuitable to be a council tenant
  • are 16 or 17 years old and are not entitled to any benefits or you do not have any other funds to pay your rent and other household costs

If we decide you cannot be added to our housing list, or we disqualify you from it, we notify you and tell you how to appeal if you do not agree with our decision.

Find out more about our Lettings policy

HomeSearch adverts

Our property adverts open on a Thursday morning every week and close the following Monday at 5pm. Occasionally (for example over public holidays) we may extend the deadline for bidding or not advertise at all so check each advert carefully for the closing date and information about the next advert.

You can find our HomeSearch adverts -

If you are unable to access our adverts in any of these ways please contact us.

Most of the properties in our adverts are still occupied by the existing tenant because we advertise our properties as soon as we receive notice from them. Please do not ask tenants or their neighbours if you can view their home. We invite you to view the property if you are the successful bidder.

Find out more about what happens if your bid is successful

First come, first served properties

Occasionally we have properties available on a first come, first served basis. This only happens if we have already advertised a property in the HomeSearch advert but have been unable to let it.

First come, first served properties are not advertised in the normal HomeSearch advert. Instead they are advertised on the Lets Help You website.

Access details of first come, first served properties on Lets Help You (link opens in new window)

If you are interested in a  first come, first served property, it is important that you follow the instructions given in the advert about how to express your interest.

These properties are offered to the first person that logs their interest in the property who -

  • is registered on our housing list
  • meets the eligibility criteria stated in the advert

These are subject to our normal pre tenancy checks.

We keep a list of the people that expressed their interest in the property according to the date and time they did so. If the first person does not respond to our contacts or fails to provide information we have requested we contact the next person on the list.

Local lettings policies and sensitive allocations

Some properties are advertised stating that special or additional criteria apply. You can find out more about local lettings policies and sensitive allocations in our Lettings Policy.

Find out more about our lettings policy

Nominations to housing associations 

Housing associations sometimes ask us to nominate customers directly from our housing list for one of their properties. Contact us if you want to be nominated and we can add you to our housing association list.

Bidding for properties with other landlords

Other social landlords sometimes advertise their properties in our HomeSearch advert for bidding. Each advert tells you who the landlord is so check this carefully.

If you bid for a property with another landlord you are agreeing for us to nominate you to that landlord. This involves us sharing your details with them.

Your bid also counts as one of your bids for that weekly bidding cycle.

Other housing options

There is high demand for our homes so we are unable to offer everyone on our housing list a property. You may wish to consider other housing options such as private rented accommodation or housing association properties.

If you have asked us to nominate you to housing associations, you should still contact them to enquire about registering on their housing list too (with the exception of Riverside Housing Association who do not have a housing list and advertise most of their available properties in our HomeSearch advert).

Find out more about housing associations

If you are currently a secure council tenant or assured housing association tenant you may wish to consider a mutual exchange.

Find out more about mutual exchange

Extra care housing schemes

There are three extra care housing schemes being built in Hull on Hawthorn Avenue and Leads Road. They are opening in 2017. The schemes are run by Riverside Housing Association but we have full nomination rights to the schemes.

You need to be registered on our housing list and meet other criteria to be considered for nomination.

Find out more about extra care housing

Contact us

Hull City Council
PO Box 15

Tel: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349

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