Apply for social housing

Finding a home in Westminster is difficult, so many people turn to the Council for help even if they are not homeless. Anyone can apply to Westminster City Council for housing, but due to the shortage of available homes we cannot offer a home to most applicants and 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 contact the Housing Options Service as soon as possible. Numbers currently waiting as of March 2018:

  • over 2,200 homeless households
  • over 1,300 tenants waiting for a transfer
  • over 350 in other priority groups
  • over 3900 households in total

Supply of permanent accommodation

Between April 2016 and March 2017, we let 720 properties in total so 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 and 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
2.5 years 1 years 10 years 16 years 34 years

Waiting times can vary depending on a number of factors, such as location, property type and priority group. 


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

  • people whose current housing has a serious negative impact on their health
  • people who are living in severely overcrowded housing
  • older people who require care or support
  • other priority groups as defined in our Allocation Policy

If you don't qualify for a priority group, you will not be registered on our waiting lists for social housing and you will not be able to bid for or be offered properties.

To speak to an advisor, contact the Housing Options Service.

Last updated: 10 May 2018
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