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The Housing Register

There is a huge demand for housing and a shortage of homes available, so it can take a long time to be rehoused via the South Holland housing register. Due to such high demand, it isn't possible for us to advise how long you will wait for an offer from the housing register. You should not solely rely on the housing register option to resolve your housing situation.

Housing associations

Applicants on our housing register are considered for some housing association properties. However, you may also wish to contact the following housing associations to discuss joining their registers:

Private rented accommodation

Private rented accommodation is usually the quickest and most convenient route for people to find a home. There are many private lets in South Holland and the benefits of renting privately include properties usually being available immediately, as well as giving you a greater choice over where you live.

We recommend checking local newspapers, letting agencies and searching online for available private rent properties. There are lots of different websites that regularly advertise private rented homes. Please be prepared that with a private rented property, you'll usually need to pay the first months' rent in advance, and possibly a deposit.

Eligibility to join our Housing Register

If you're interested in applying to join our housing register for council and housing association homes, you'll first need to check if you're eligible to apply. If you're eligible, you'll be able to submit a housing application form online.

You may be required to provide up to four weeks' rent in advance, before you can have the keys for a property - you must start saving for this. Please note: South Holland District Council properties are not furnished or carpeted.

Before you apply for the register, you will need to be able to show at least one of the following criteria

  • I have lived in the district for 2 years out of the last 5
  • My parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters or children have lived in the district for 3 years
  • I have a full or part time job in the district
  • I have been accepted as being owed the full homeless duty
  • I am a current member of the British regular or reserve forces and work in South Holland
  • I am a current member of the British regular or reserve forces and work outside of South Holland but my home was in the district before I joined up
  • I have evidence that I am either a prospective or current adoptive or foster parent and need housing
  • I am an existing social housing tenant in England, can show I have a job and intend to take this job up and need housing
  • I am an existing social housing tenant in England and need housing in South Holland to avoid serious hardship

If you are an existing tenant of a partner housing association (e.g Longhurst or Platform) and your tenancy is within the district of South Holland, you will need to do all of the following if you wish to apply:

  • Show you have obtained written permission from your landlord
  • Show you have a clear rent account
  • Show you have not broken any of your other tenancy conditions
  • Allow an inspection of your property by your landlord
  • Show you have held your existing tenancy for at least 1 year

Items Required for each applicant to join our Housing Register

Depending on your circumstances, we'll need you to provide proof of the items detailed below:

1) Proof of identity for applicants:

(two items from Group A or one item from Group A and two items from Group B - photos or copies of originals are preferred)

Group A

  • Passport
  • National Identity card
  • Driving licence
  • Birth certificate

Group B

  • Marriage certificate
  • NHS medical card/GP registration letter
  • Bank card
  • Other photo ID
  • Proofs of current address, including: bank statement, utility bill, NHS medical card or letter, letters from either the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

2) Proof of identity for other household members moving including children

  • Photo ID or marriage/birth certificates

3) Proof of any benefits received including Child Benefit for all applicants

4) Proof of income for all applicants

5) Tenancy or Licence Agreement:

  • Current tenancy agreement
  • Any notice, possession order or eviction notice they may have been given.

6) Homeowners (including former homeowners and properties outside of the UK):

  • Current market valuation
  • Mortgage settlement statement
  • Notification of possession proceedings
  • Order for possession
  • Notice of evictions
  • Completion Statement (if sold)
  • Proof of equity either received or to be received
  • Proof of how the equity has been used or spent.

7) EU citizens - settle status codes

8) People from outside the EU - evidence that they have one of the following:

  • Indefinite leave to remain (ILR)
  • Refugee status or humanitarian protection
  • Discretionary leave - if it includes recourse to public funds.

9) Evidence of any medical conditions e.g. Drs or consultant's letter

10) If anyone included in the application is pregnant:

  • Maternity records or confirmation from GP.

11) If anyone included in the application is currently serving or has left service of the British Armed Forces in the last 5 years:

  • Proof of current service and/or discharge papers.

12) If anyone included in this application is aged 16 or 17 and/or leaving care or being looked after by Social Services:

  • A completed Trustee form.

Before applying online to join the housing register, please ensure you have all the required information readily available to provide as part of the online application process. We will reject applications that do not include all the necessary documents and identification listed above. 

I have all the required information and evidence and want to apply to the join the housing register

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