Help if you rent or want to rent a home
Applying for social housing
Social housing is advertised in North Somerset on a website called HomeChoice. Most of the homes are owned by Alliance Homes.
HomeChoice allows you to register your interest in social housing, by bidding on up to three properties a week. Bidding does not involve placing money on a property – you just need to tick a few boxes to let us know that you would be interested in moving into this home.
You will need a local connection to North Somerset to apply.
You can check if you are able to apply for social housing on the HomeChoice website.
You may not be eligible to register for HomeChoice if:
- you are subject to immigration controls under the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 and do not have refugee status
- you have exceptional or indefinite leave to remain in the UK
- a member of your household has been guilty of unacceptable behaviour serious enough to make you an unsuitable tenant
How to register for HomeChoice
To apply for social housing, you will need to apply online on the HomeChoice website. The form expires after 30 minutes so make sure you’ve got everything you may need with you when you start the application, such as:
- current address and the date you moved in
- details of the people who will be living with you
- details about any employment and your income
If you need help filling out the online application, you can find a help guide on the HomeChoice website.
Alternatively, you can come into the Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare or give us a call on 01934 426 330.
When we process your application, we will assess your housing need. You will be allocated to one of four priority bands – A, B, C or D. Applicants in band A are in more urgent need of housing compared to those in band D. It can take up to 10 working days to process your application.
It is unlikely that you will be offered social housing unless you are in severe circumstances. Around 600 properties become available each year but there are about 3,300 households waiting on the HomeChoice register with over 300 new applicants every month.
Applying for a property
All available social housing properties in North Somerset are advertised every Thursday. The bidding cycle runs from Thursday to the following Wednesday, closing at midnight. You can place a bid on up to three properties per week. You can withdraw your bids if you change your mind.
If you see a property which meets your housing needs, place a bid.
You can bid:
- using the HomeChoice website
- in person at the Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare
- calling our call centre on 01934 426 330
Other housing options
If you’re not successful with bidding for properties on HomeChoice, there are other housing options for you to consider. You can use the housing options wizard on the HomeChoice website which can give you advice. You will need to create an account and then you will be taken through a series of questions.
01934 426 330