Site search is temporarily unavailable

The search bar above is not currently working. Please use this temporary site search →

Join the housing register

To apply to rent a council property you will first need to register with our choice based lettings scheme. This allows you to make a choice about where you live.

Who can join the housing register?

To join the housing register you must:

  • be aged 18 or over (16 or 17 in exceptional circumstances)
  • be living in the UK legally 

You also need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are an existing Sandwell Council or housing association tenant living in Sandwell.
  • You have lived in Sandwell for at least the past five years continuously and you do not own a property.
  • You don't live in Sandwell and do not own a property but have a close family member (mother, father, brother, sister or adult child) who has lived in Sandwell for at least the past five years continuously.
  • You are Armed Forces personnel and have served in the regular forces for five years prior to your application.
  • You are a bereaved spouse or civil partner of someone serving in the regular forces where your partner's death is attributable to their service and you can no longer live in Ministry of Defence accommodation.
  • You are a seriously injured, ill or disabled current or former reservist whose injury, illness or disability is attributable to your service.

There are some groups of people who do not qualify to apply for council accommodation by law and details of these groups can be found in the Housing Allocations Policy.

How to apply

If you meet the criteria, you can apply to join the housing register.

Join the housing register

We aim to process your housing registration within 10 working days. If we are unable to register your application for any reason we will write to you to tell you why.