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Managing rent arrears
Tenant incentive scheme

Apply for a council home

You can apply for a council home through our lettings service, HomeSearch. If you would like us to consider you for a property you will need to bid for it. Bidding does not involve any money - it is simply a way of showing your interest in a property.

Before you bid you must read the important bidding information at the link below, which includes information about the type(s) and size(s) of the property you are eligible for. We cannot consider you for any properties you are not eligible for so it is very important you only bid for those that you are.

Important information about bidding for a council home

Search and bid online for council properties

Search and bid for council properties online (you must be registered on our housing list before you can bid for properties)

Overhead view of some council houses

To bid for council properties you must be 16 or over and registered on our housing list.

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

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

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

  • you are 16 or 17 years old and are not financially independent (i.e. able to pay your rent or access benefits / funds with which your rent can be paid), or
  • you have been found guilty of unacceptable behaviour and we believe that this makes you unsuitable to be a council tenant

How to register on our housing list

To register on our housing list you need to complete a HomeSearch application form. These are available from customer service centres and information points or by calling 01482 300 300. Alternatively you can request an application form using our online form below -

Request a HomeSearch application form

A PDF version of the form is also available to download below -

If you would like help to complete the application form please call into any of our customer service centres or information points and we will be happy to go through it with you.

Find your nearest customer service centre or information point

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

Find out more about priority bands

If you are not eligible to go onto our housing list, or we disqualify you from it, we will notify you and tell you how to appeal if you do not agree with our decision.

Advertising our properties

We advertise our properties weekly starting on a Thursday. Generally the properties will remain open for bidding until the following Monday at 5pm, however please check each advert carefully as occasionally (for example over public holidays) we may extend the deadline for bidding or not advertise at all. If we are not going to advertise at all we will give notice of this in earlier adverts.

You can find council home advertisements in the following places -

If you are unable to access our adverts in any of these ways we can post the information to you.

Properties are advertised as soon as a tenant gives notice to terminate their tenancy so many of the properties are still occupied. Please do not disturb tenants or their neighbours by asking to view their home. If you make a successful bid we will invite you to view the property.

Find out more about what happens if your bid is successful

First come, first served properties

Occasionally we may have properties available on a first come, first served basis.  This will only happen if we have already advertised a property at least once in the normal HomeSearch advert but have been unable to let it.

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

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

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

First come, first served properties will be offered to the first person that logs their interest in the property who:

a. is registered on our housing list, and
b. meets the eligibilitcriteria stated in the advert
(subject to our normal pre-tenancy checks)

We will 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 will contact the next person on the list.

Nominations to housing associations 

Housing associations sometimes ask us to nominate customers from our housing list for some of their available properties.  If you would like to be considered for these please make sure you complete the 'Nominations to housing associations' section of our application form. If you are already registered on our list, please confirm in writing that you would like to be added to our nominations list and state which areas of the city you would consider.

Housing association properties - advertising pilot

On Thursday 23 April we will be advertising 12 Riverside housing association properties in our HomeSearch advert that customers can bid for. These properties are all two bedroom houses and are some of the new build properties on Homethorpe, Orchard Park. 

If you are interested in these properties you should bid for them. Just one advert makes up the HomeSearch advert for all 12 properties, so you only need to use one bid to be considered for all 12. Note that if you do bid this counts as one of your bids for the week.

By bidding for a housing association property, you are agreeing for your name, address, household make up, contact details and information about your priority on the housing list to be passed to the Riverside housing association.

This is a pilot for the week only. After this, we are to revert back to the normal process of nominating customers from our housing list directly to the housing associations at their request for available properties they have. If the pilot is successful we may advertise more housing association properties in the future but customers are to be informed before this happens.

Riverside Group properties on north Bransholme

The Riverside Group do not hold their own housing list - they request nominations for all of their available properties from Hull City Council. If you are interested in The Riverside Group properties on north Bransholme, when completing the 'Nominations to housing associations' section of your HomeSearch application form you must state that you are interested in housing association properties in the north Bransholme area.

If you are already registered on our housing list, let us know if you wish to be considered for properties in the north Bransholme area and we will update your application.

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.

Find out more about housing associations

If you are currently a secure council tenant you may wish to consider a mutual exchange.

Find out more about mutual exchange

Contact us

Hull City Council
PO Box 15

Tel: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349


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