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Our council tax and benefits online systems and forms may be unavailable on Saturday 21 May between 8am and 2pm due to planned maintenance. Details of how to offer support to Ukraine residents fleeing war, and where to find information and advice are on our City of Sanctuary webpage

Housing Allocation Scheme

Social housing is housing owned by the council and housing offered to the council for renting by registered providers through nominations agreements.

The Housing Allocation Scheme is the way that the council determines priorities for allocating social housing and all councils must have an Allocation Scheme by law. Having this scheme in place ensures that the council allocates social housing to the people who need it the most.

How a Housing Allocation Scheme works

When someone applies for housing with the council, the criteria in the Scheme determines if they are eligible and qualify for social housing. If they do qualify for social housing they will join the council’s housing register (housing waiting list).

Birmingham operates a choice based letting scheme and applicants accepted onto the housing register may express an interest in (bid for) a home when a suitable one becomes available.

Those who do not qualify will be offered advice on alternative housing options, including private renting.

More information about Birmingham’s Housing Allocation Scheme

Birmingham introduced a new Housing Allocation Scheme on 20 April 2017. To find out more about this scheme you can read the summary document or the full policy document

You can also read about the new Local Letting requirements and guidance for 2018 and the Local Letting Plan template.

Applying for social housing

Explore your housing options including applying for social housing.

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