Apply for social housing

Finding a home in Westminster is difficult, so many people turn to the Council for help. Anyone can apply to Westminster City Council for housing, but due to the severe shortage of available homes we cannot offer a home to most applicants.

Even when someone qualifies for housing, they can wait many years before they get a property.

The Housing Options Service can help you to find alternative solutions to your housing problem. If you are worried that you are about to become homeless, you should get in touch with us as soon as possible.

Numbers currently waiting

  • over 2,300 homeless households
  • over 1,700 tenants waiting for a transfer
  • over 440 in other priority groups
  • over 4,400 households in total

Supply of permanent accommodation

  • between April 2013 and March 2014, we let 802 properties in total
  • this means we re-housed approximately one fifth of the households on the housing register
  • most people face a wait of several years for their new home

Many applicants have told us that if they had realised how long the wait for housing would be, they would have been more willing to consider other options when they first applied.

Current average waiting time for re-housing
Studio 1 bed 2 bed 3 bed 4+ bed
3 years 4 years 10 years 12.5 years 25 years


When you apply for housing, we look at your circumstances to see if you fit into one of our priority groups. Priority groups are:

If you don't qualify for priority, unfortunately we will not offer you a home and you will not be registered on any waiting list. You will not be able to bid for properties in these circumstances.

You can download an application for housing here. Please also have a look at our Housing Allocation Scheme before applying.

Last updated: 23 May 2016
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