During your first interview we will go through a range of available housing options and tell you how we can help you access them.
- local authority (council) housing
- housing associations (registered social landlords)
- privately rented homes
- affordable ownership options, including shared ownership.
If you need Birmingham City Council to find you a new home, you will be allocated a home that is suitable for the size of your household.
Here are some examples of the type of accommodation you may be offered in accordance with our current Allocation Scheme:
- single person or couple with no children: one-bedroom flat
- single person or couple aged 60 or over: one bedroom flat or bungalow
- single person or couple with one child: two-bedroom flat, maisonette or house
- single person or couple with two children: two or three bedroom flat, maisonette or house, depending on the ages and genders of the children
- single person or couple with three or more children: three- or four-bedroom flat, maisonette or house, depending on the ages and genders of the children
- two adults who live together as ‘sharers’: two-bedroom flat.
You could be offered a flat, maisonette or house depending on the size of your family. You cannot state that you only want to be considered for a house or that you will only consider housing association properties.
For bigger families needing large three-bedroom or four-bedroom properties, all areas of the city will need to be included in searches for suitable accommodation – unless there is a good reason for you being unable to relocate to some of them. This is due to the shortage of properties of this size.
Please note that if any your children are over 18, they will be considered as adults needing their own bedroom. If all of your children are over 18, you will not qualify for a house (only a flat or maisonette).
There is a limited supply of ground floor properties. These are usually allocated to households who have a proven need for this type of accommodation, such as physical disability.
Birmingham City Council’s housing service no longer operates a ‘like-for-like’ policy for people affected by clearance schemes. This means that you may not be offered the same type or size of property as the one you currently live in.
You can apply to other local authorities for housing in their area and your dedicated housing officer will assist you. However you will not be given the same level of priority by other local authorities as you will have with Birmingham City Council, as you are affected by a clearance programme within Birmingham.