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Covid 19 Update

Due to government advice we have taken the decision to suspend our usual housing allocation service. In its place we will be offering a reduce service, where properties will only be allocated in emergency circumstances. We appreciate your patience in this matter and we hope to restore full service at the earliest opportunity.

Applying to the council’s housing register will remain unaffected by this.

There will be some disruption to the re-registration process, during this time of closure we would ask you to post or return your Housing Registration Card to the following address-

Housing Allocations, 88-90 Pier Avenue, Clacton-On-Sea, Essex, CO15 1TN

Once received, we will return the card to the address linked to your application via 2nd class post. We understand that due to the restrictions some may not be able to do this, therefore, we are loosening the deadline to re-register.  For those that are unable to return their registration card within the deadline date stated, please inform us by emailing Due to the reduced service there may be a disruption to the usual telephone service, therefore, we recommend that you contact us via our email address.

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

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

Applicants should 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 will be considered for any available council properties, or be nominated to a registered housing provider. 

There are currently over 1700 households on our Housing register.

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

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 have to leave your current accommodation, or you have nowhere to live, you will need to have an assessment with a Housing Solutions Officer before joining the Housing Register. Please click here to complete the form

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.

Useful documents

Housing Allocations Policy

Housing Strategy 2019-2024

Last updated on: 18/09/2020 - 11:56