Rent a home
We work together with local authorities to meet local housing needs. We manage homes mostly in Elmbridge, Richmond, Hounslow, Kingston, Runnymede and Wandsworth.
The areas we work in tend to have a central waiting list for our homes, so you need to apply with your local authority first.
Who is eligible?
Most people who live in the UK are eligible to be housed. But the fact that a person is eligible for housing does not guarantee an allocation - affordable housing is in short supply in the UK, and there is high demand for the available homes.
How do I apply?
Go to the website for the housing allocation department of your local authority and find out if you can apply online. Details of local authorities are listed below.
What happens next?
Applying in Richmond
- If you’ve applied to the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames it will assess your case based on the information you have provided.
- After an assessment, your application will be awarded a number of points.
- The number of points you have is used to assess your priority. When you reach the top of the housing waiting list, you will be allocated the next available property, suitable for your needs.
- You should get immediate advice if you feel you have been allocated a home which is unsuitable. You could be dropped to the bottom of the waiting list, or suspended completely, if you reject a property you are offered.
Applying to Elmbridge, Hounslow, Kingston, Lambeth, Runnymede and Spelthorne
- Once the local authority has received your application form, you will be able to put in bids for properties that are suitable for your needs from a list of homes advertised (this may be on the internet or in the local press).
- Once bids have been received, the property is allocated to the bidder with the highest priority under the scheme. Allocations are made to those with the longest waiting times and those with the most urgent housing needs first. As the applicant, it is your responsibility to bid for properties.
How do local authorities decide who gets priority?
All applications are assessed and prioritised on the applicants' housing needs. 'Reasonable preference' must be given to people who are homeless, living in unsanitary, overcrowded properties or on welfare grounds. Extra priority may be granted on the basis of need, such as medical need, domestic or racial abuse, or sexual harassment in the home.