Applying for social housing

Apply for social housing

All social housing in the Borough is provided by housing associations normally on fixed term tenancies of 5 years and rents of up to 80% of market rent.

The demand for social housing is greater than the number of properties available and for many there is little chance of being offered accommodation. With a large number of applicants currently on our housing register unlikely to be ever offered a housing association tenancy, home-seekers are encouraged to consider other options, such as renting privately

You need to have a strong local connection with Elmbridge to qualify to be on the housing register.  This includes:

  • people who currently live in Elmbridge and have done so for at least the last three years

  • people who have a permanent job in Elmbridge

  • people who have immediate family in Elmbridge who have lived here for at least five years

Our Housing Allocations Policyshows how we assess and prioritise applications for social housing, and has more information on local connections.

If you wish to register for social housing to rent within Elmbridge you will need to apply online via the Search Moves website.

Part 1 of the online application process will produce a personalised action plan to advise you about your wider housing options which could include joining the Search Moves register (part 2 is the main application form).

If you need additional help

Assistance can be provided to applicants to help them apply online. If you think you may need help to re-apply then you could ask a family member, friend or support worker if you have one, in the first instance. You can access public computers at local libraries, or at one of the Search Moves partners' offices. If you have any questions please contact us.

Further Information

If you are interested in homeownership options, like shared-ownership, please visit our Help to Buypages.  Please note that you do not have to register with Search Moves to be considered for Help to Buy options.

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