Apply to join the housing register

Allocation of social housing

The housing register is the waiting list managed by the council to allocate available social housing in Cherwell. Social housing is designed to be affordable accommodation for households who do not have the resources to buy their own homes or rent privately, or who have specialist housing needs, for example a disability or high support need.

Social housing in Cherwell is owned mainly by Registered Providers, (who used to be called Housing Associations), they work in partnership with us to let the majority of their homes through the one waiting list.

We have an agreed Allocations Scheme to make sure that the same rules are used to assess all applications and having one waiting list makes sure that everyone gets an equal chance to apply for the houses that are available.

Those qualified to be on the housing register are awarded a priority based on their level of housing need. From Band 1, the most urgent crisis situation to Band 4 for those who would like to move but have no assessed housing need to do so.

Shortlists for properties are in order of priority and then by date.  So the most urgent cases, who have been waiting the longest are likely to be top and be nominated to that property.

Some properties have special features such as level assess showers or stairlifts, applicants who need these adaptations get preference for these properties.