Looking for a home

Demand for housing in Nottingham is very high. If you’re in housing need, we want to help you find a home that’s most suitable for you.

Depending on your circumstances, some housing options will be more suitable to you than others. For example, we currently have 9,000 people on the Housing Register waiting for a social home. This means that, depending on your circumstances, you could be waiting a long time before you can get a home and there may be other housing options that would be more suitable.

Find out if you qualify to join the HomeLink waiting list (Housing Register)

We currently have more than 9,000 people on the Housing Register waiting for a suitable home - and that number is growing. Depending on your circumstances you could be waiting a long time to find the home that’s right for you. 

To help you decide if applying to join the Housing Register, please answer the questions below. Your answers will help guide you as to whether applying to join the Housing Register is right for you or if another housing option would be more suitable.

Please note that this is a guide only and any decision on whether you can join the waiting list will only be made after any application and supporting evidence has been submitted.

Find out if you qualify here

Joining the Nottingham Housing Register

What you need to qualify for the Housing Register

We currently have more than 9,000 people on the Housing Register waiting for a suitable home - and that number is growing. Depending on your circumstances you could be waiting a long time to find the home that’s right for you.

Before applying to join the Housing Register, read this information carefully as it will help you decide if your application to join the Housing Register will be successful and whether this is the best housing option for you.

You can then complete the short questionnaire on the next drop-down tab, which will tell you if you are likely to be able to join or not. 

Qualifying for the Housing Register

To qualify to be included on Nottingham City’s Housing Register, you must be eligible for social housing within the law and:

  • have lived in Nottingham for three out of the last five years
  • be 18 years of age or older

You will not qualify to apply if:

  • your behaviour has been unacceptable, which makes you unsuitable to be a tenant
  • you’re a home owner or have financial interest in a home
  • you have low / no housing need – for example if you already have your own tenancy and are living in a home that is adequate in terms of size and facilities
  • you’re not currently available to live in one of our properties – for example, people who are currently serving a prison sentence.

If, based on the information you provide, you are not deemed eligible for housing then we will confirm this to you in writing and let you know how to ask for a review of our decision.

What happens if you’re accepted to join the Housing Register

If your application is successful, you’ll be given a HomeLink reference number and put in a housing band.  

The band awarded will reflect your priority and also the type of homes that you're eligible to place bids for. This band award will be based on your current housing circumstances and need.

We’ll explain what your banding means and how you can bid on properties when we write to you to let you know your application has been successful.

The applicant with the highest priority who has bid in your band will be offered the home first. When looking at the advert, you will only see homes that you're eligible to bid for.

If, when logging into the weekly advert, you do not see any homes, it's because there are no homes available that meet your housing need. We will only contact you if you have been successful, so if you do not hear from us please continue to place bids.

Apply to join the Housing Register

To find out if you may be eligible to join the Housing Register, complete this short questionnaire. This will let you know if you're likely to be accepted or not.  

If you are eligible to join, you will be directed to Housing Online. Housing Online lets you apply to join the Housing Register securely online.

You’ll need to have an email account to be able to complete your application. If you don’t have one, there are guides to help you create one.

If you are applying for housing for the first time, click option two 'Create account - New Clients - Register for a housing application form'' that is found underneath the login section at the bottom of the page. There is also a guide that you can download to help you.”

If you feel that other options might be more suitable, take a look at some other options on this page, or you can complete the short contact form by clicking here to let us know about your housing situation and a member of the team will be in touch. 

Already on the Housing Register?

If you are on the Housing Register, you can look for a home through Housing Online by clicking here.

You'll need to have your registered email address and your password to sign in. 

Private rented options

Demand for social housing is very high. With more than 9,000 households on the Housing Register waiting for a home, depending on your circumstances, you could be waiting a long time.

For some people, it might be better to consider private renting as an alternative option.

To look for private rented options, visit:

Rightmove

Zoopla

Mutual Exchanges

A mutual exchange is where you swap your house with another tenant. To find out more, go to our mutual exchange page.