Social Housing in the district is either owned by Arun DC or by Housing Associations.
How to Apply
To be considered as a tenant for Council or Housing Association property or if you are an existing Council or Housing Association tenant requiring alternative accommodation you must apply to the Housing Register. You will be required to provide details of yourself and the people in your household and your personal circumstances.
Low Cost Home Ownership
schemes organised by the Government and usually managed by Housing Associations often require that you are on the Housing Register.
Change of Circumstances
If you are currently on the Housing Register the Allocations Team needs to know when there is a change in your circumstances - for example, change of address, marital status or birth of a child.
You can send us the information via an Change of circumstances e-form
. Once you have completed the information and submitted the e-form it will be automatically e-mailed to the Allocations Team.
Once you have sent us all the information we ask for we will write to you with your registration date and number, your banding and reason for it.
If you do not agree with your band you should first look at the Council's Housing Allocations Scheme on our Policies and Strategies
page which shows how we apply the bands, then write to us and tell us why you think you should be in a different band. It is helpful if you point to the criteria in the new band that you believe applies to you, and show why with some evidence.
What are the Bands?
People are placed into one of three bands that show their priority for housing.
• Band A is for households with an urgent need to move
• Band B is for households with a high priority to move
• Band C is for households with an identified housing need
Our Housing Allocations Scheme explains this in lots of detail.
When you can bid for properties
Once your Housing Register Application is registered and banded, you can bid for properties suitable for your families needs through Homemove
This is not a system of waiting to be allocated a property any more - you can look at the magazines or website at the properties advertised every fortnight, and choose where you would like to be housed by bidding for those homes.
- Choice Based Lettings in Arun
Will I be offered accommodation by the Council straight away?
There is a shortage of Council and Housing Association property in the area and more and more people are requesting Social Housing because of high rents in the private sector so it could be years before you are offered a tenancy. Arun District Council works with Registered Social Landlords to increase the stock of affordable homes but this is unlikely to meet the growing demand. See our web page Looking for a Home
for details of other Housing Options.