Applicants are also shortlisted according to:
- If you currently live within the borough or have a strong local connection
- If you're employed or volunteering
- Time in need/length of waiting time on the Housing Register
- Applicants with no housing debt will be given priority, if when shortlisted they are equal to another applicant who has a housing related debt.
For most of the available accommodation in the borough, housing providers use the council’s Housing Allocations Policy to prioritise applicants. However, not all housing providers use the council’s policy, so if you register for rehousing directly with them, their allocation policy might be different and you may be prioritised differently.
How to apply for social housing?
To apply for social housing you'll need to complete an application with RBH on Rochdale HomeChoice and you'll be added to the council housing register. Rochdale HomeChoice also has information on the homes available, how to exchange your home, contact details of their partners and other ways of finding a home.
The information you'll need to support your application can be found in the 'before you receive an offer' section.
What happens after I've applied with Rochdale HomeChoice
RBH will assess your circumstances and contact you within 7-10 working days to inform you of:
- The housing priority band you've been allocated
- The size of property you're entitled to
- Your Rochdale HomeChoice number
- How to bid for properties on Rochdale HomeChoice
Being registered doesn't mean you'll be successful in bidding and waiting times are lengthy.
More information about 'how Rochdale HomeChoice works'
How do I bid on social housing?
Most available accommodation is advertised on the Rochdale HomeChoice website. Each week there's a 6-day period when you can place bids for the advertised homes that you're interested in, this is called the ‘bidding cycle’. Each bidding cycle opens on a Thursday at 2pm and closes the following Wednesday at 2pm. You decide which homes you'd like to be considered for and place bids on up to 3 available homes in each advertising cycle.
If you've applied directly to a housing provider, there may be another way of expressing an interest in their available accommodation. Please ask them for details.
How long will I have to wait for social housing?
The length of time you have to wait will be dependent on your priority banding, the type of home you require and for how long you've been registered. Feedback is provided on Rochdale HomeChoice website, about previously advertised homes, including the priority band and waiting time of the successful applicant.
Buying your home - Right to Buy scheme
The Right to Buy scheme helps eligible council and housing association tenants in England to buy their home with a discount.