Applying for a council home

Social housing within the borough is provided by the council and by registered social landlords.

Ealing, like many London boroughs, has a severe shortage of homes compared with the number of people who need them. Currently we have over 13,000 applicants on our waiting list - also known as the housing register. Therefore people are encouraged to explore alternative housing options in order to obtain suitable housing.

For more information about these options please contact the housing choice and options team on (020) 8825 8800 or 7274 or visit FIRST STEPS.

If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness contact the housing solutions team on (020) 8825 8888.

Important changes to the allocations policy

Changes have been agreed to the way council housing is allocated: 

  • Households will not be able to register for housing in future unless they are able to demonstrate a   local connection with Ealing of over five years
  • Households with a joint income of more that £60,000 or capital assets of £24,000 will not be able to register in future
  • Applicants who bid and refuse three or more reasonable offers will be suspended from bidding for a period of six months
  • Applicants can move within sheltered schemes more easily or move out if they don't need it
  • 20% of lettings will now be made available to working households and tenants with a good tenancy record
  • Only high priority applicants banded as C or higher will be able to actively bid for property
  • Households who are under occupying their accommodation and want to move to a smaller property will go into band A

All the changes can be found in the revised Allocations Policy.

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