Am I eligible?
To be considered for social housing, applicants must make an application to join the housing register. To be eligible for the housing register, you must:
Will be my application be accepted?
To be accepted onto the housing register you must have a housing need, as defined in the Housing Allocations Policy. If you are an existing tenant of Sutton Housing Partnership or one of our partner housing associations you can apply for a transfer even if you do not have a housing need.
You will also need to have lived in the London Borough of Sutton for 2 years continuously immediately prior to your application. We will consider out of borough applicants if there is a need to move into the borough to take up employment or avoid hardship.
When assessing your application, your financial circumstances will be taken into account, If you are deemed to have the financial means to secure your own housing in the private sector then you will not be accepted to the housing register. The financial threshold is dependent on family makeup, the size of property you need and your essential expenditure, such as childcare costs.
Applicants with outstanding rent arrears or with a history of rent arrears or anti-social behaviour will not be accepted onto the register until they have demonstrated a change in conduct/behaviour for a minimum of 12 months.
How does the housing register work?
Once your application has been assessed, if accepted you will be given a priority date. This is either the date you applied, or if your circumstances change giving you more priority it will be the date we were informed of the change. You will also be placed into a Band according to your circumstances:
Whenever a property becomes available we will advertise it on this website and state which Bands are able to bid for it. We decide this, and in which order the Bands will be prioritised, according to an annual Lettings Plan which sets out how many properties each Band should receive each year.
Applicants can view the properties online and 'place a bid' for any they would like to be considered for. Once the advert has closed we will look at the shortlist. Bidders are prioritised automatically according to their Band and priority date. If you have been successful we will contact you to arrange a viewing. More details on the bidding process can be found here.
Some properties will also attract additional priority for certain types of applicant, such as:
Each advert will give details of any additional priority rules that are in place.
How long will I have to wait?
There is a shortage of affordable housing in London, therefore waiting times can be long. As a general guide, the minimum waiting times we would expect for each Band are:
|Band B||1.5 years||3.5 years||3.5 years||6.5 years|
|Band C||2 years||9.5 years||10 years +||3.5 years|
|Band D||5 years||10 years +||10 years +||10 years +|
|TNN||10 years +||10 years +||10 years +||10 years +|
How do I apply?
Applications are made online via the Sutton Home Choice website. Once your application has been submitted, you will usually hear from us within 4 weeks when we will write to you to request proof of your circumstances. You should receive the outcome of your application within 12 weeks from the date the application was submitted. To make an application, please click here.
Once we have made our initial assessment we will write to you, either to inform you that your application has not been accepted or to request further information and proof of your circumstances.
Armed Forces personnel, as well as their widows/widowers or separated partners, may be eligible to apply for social housing through Haig Housing’s register. Haig Housing have accommodation throughout the UK, the nearest to Sutton being in Morden. For more information on the scheme, criteria and how to apply please visit www.haighousing.org.uk