Apply for Housing

If you would like to apply for Council accommodation you will need to join the housing register.

Who can join the housing register?

Anyone aged 16 or over can join the housing register if:

  • The applicant can demonstrate they have a clear housing need; and
  • The applicant has lived in the Tendring area continuously for the last three years.

If the applicant lives outside of the Tendring area they can only join the housing register if they have a clear housing need; and

  • They meet the armed forces criteria; or
  • They are a former resident of Tendring who were placed in specialist accommodation not available in the Tendring area.

The following people will NOT be eligible to join the housing register:  

  • People from abroad who are subject to immigration control under the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, unless they are already a secure or introductory tenant of the council or an assured tenant of a registered provider, or in a class prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State.
  • People who the council considers are unsuitable to be tenants of the council because they, or a member of their household, have been responsible for unacceptable behaviour.

How can I apply?

If you would like to join the housing register you will firstly need to complete a Housing Register Pre-Assessment Form. We will then contact you to let you know whether you are eligible to join the housing register or not.

Applicants should also note that due to a high demand for housing in the district, many people who are eligible to join the housing register may not obtain an offer of a home. Only those with an urgent housing need will have the highest priority and be considered for any available council properties or be nominated to a registered housing provider.

To see the amount of properties we own in each part of the district please read "A guide to council accommodation" here.

Useful documents

Summary of Housing Allocations Policy

Housing Allocations Policy

Last updated on: 09/05/2019 - 08:29