Frequently Asked Questions


Who can apply for social housing?

Anyone over 16 years of age can register for social housing, but it is rare for people to be offered a property under the age of 18 years.
Only customers who are eligible and meet all the requirements of the Allocations Policy are registered and can express an interest or ‘bid’ on the properties advertised. To view the Housing Allocations Policy please click here

How to apply - To apply for social housing you will need to complete an online application form

The online application form will initially ask for information about yourself and your household as well as your previous addresses, current housing circumstances and any other information which affects your housing situation such as medical information. You will be advised of your all housing options based on the information you have submitted.

If you meet the criteria of West Cheshire Homes Allocations Policy then you will be able to submit a full application for social housing. However you are strongly advised to consider all your housing options.

How to bid

For information on how to bid please click here

Prioritising Applications

If your housing application is activated you will be placed in date order in one of four bands A, B, C, D or E. The application with the oldest date has the highest priority within each band.

If your circumstances change and you move up a band the date used will always be the date you moved into that band. If you move down a band the date used will normally be the date that you were previously in that band or a higher band. For more information on banding please click here

What are 'Ready Now' homes?

When a property has been advertised on West Cheshire Homes website in the usual way for two weeks and the landlord has not been successful in finding a new tenant the properties can be advertised as Ready Now. For more information on these properties click here.


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