Apply for social housing

Demand for affordable social housing is high and the supply of properties that come up for rent is low.

If you need somewhere to live you should consider other options, such as renting privately.    

Thousands of families are registered with us and many will never be housed.

Do I qualify for the Housing Register?

If you have a strong local connection with Elmbridge you may qualify, if you:

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

  • have a permanent job in Elmbridge

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

There is more on local connection in our Housing Allocations Policy  that tells you how we assess applications.

If you wish to register for social housing within Elmbridge you can apply online via Search Moves .

Part 1 of the online application process will produce a Personalised Action Plan to advise you about your housing options.

Part 2 is the main application form.

Using Search Moves  

You can bid all week

  • New homes may 'go live' on any day of the week.

  • Once a property is posted online you can bid for it on Search Moves, so long as you are eligible for that property.

  • You can set up a 'property alert' to send you an email when a property match comes up. 

  • The bid deadline is usually 5 days after the property first appears.

  • You can use Search Moves  on mobile devices.


  • Mobile friendly 
  • User guide included
  • You can update telephone/email contact/s online 
  • Adverts have maps, often 'street views', and other local information
  • 'Property alert' function lets you know when a property match comes up
  • If you're already registered you can use your login details to access Search Moves .

 You can also use the How to Bid  guide.

About social housing in Elmbridge

  • Social housing in Elmbridge is managed by housing associations
  • Tenancies tend to be for a fixed-term of 5 years only

  • Rents can be 80% of the local market rent.

Do you need help with applying online?

Local libraries give free computer access, or you can visit one of our Search Moves partners' offices.

You can also  contact us  directly if you have any questions.

We may give you assistance, but if you're reapplying you could ask family, friends or a support worker to lend a hand.

Further Information

For other housing options, like shared-ownership, please visit the  Help to Buy pages - you do not need to register with Search Moves to be considered for Help to Buy  options.

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