Apply For Social Housing
To apply for social housing, you must first join our Housing Register which is part of Sussex Homemove.
The Council's housing register is run by the Homemove team at Clarion Housing.
Sussex Homemove is for people looking for social housing, for the first time and for existing tenants wanting to move home.
Please take a look at our Social housing FAQs for more information.
Who can join?
You may not be allowed to join if you:
- Do not have a local connection with Mid Sussex
- Have a household income of over £60,000 before tax
- Own or have a legal interest in a home
- Have enough money to buy a home
- Are subject to immigration control
- Are unsuitable to be a tenant because of unacceptable behaviour in the past
- Are a tenant of a housing association with its own transfer list
Apply to Homemove
If you require additional support with your application, please contact the HomeMove team.
How housing allocation works
Our Housing Allocation Scheme sets out how applicants on the housing register are selected for accommodation. The scheme is intended to be open and transparent. Hard copies are available on request.
Changes to the Housing Allocation Scheme as of 1st August 2019
The main changes that come into force from 1st August 2019 are as follows:
Changes to qualification criteria to join the housing register
The revised Scheme allows applicants who are Clarion Housing tenants living in Mid Sussex to be allowed to join our housing register. Clarion Housing tenants are currently disqualified from joining our housing register.
Applicants who provide false information or withhold relevant information will be disqualified from joining our housing register for a period of 24 months. There is no time limit in the current Scheme.
Homeless applicants - special rules
Bids from homeless applicants where we have a duty to ensure they have accommodation available to them (under s.193 of the Housing Act 1996), subject to some exceptions, will be given priority over bids from other applicants in their band.
Homeless applicants we owe the main housing duty (under s.193 of the Housing Act 1996) are currently entitled to 12 weeks free bidding. The revised Scheme provides that these applicants will no longer be entitled to 12 weeks free bidding; they will be required to accept the first suitable offer.
Homeless applicants owed the Relief Duty (under s.189B of the Housing Act 1996, as amended by the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017) are currently entitled to 12 weeks free bidding. The revised Scheme provides these applicants will no longer be entitled to 12 weeks free bidding; they will be required to accept the first suitable offer.
Homeless applicants owed the Relief Duty (under s.189B of the Housing Act 1996, as amended by the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017) and in priority need or likely be in priority need (as defined by the Housing Act 1996) will be placed in Band C whilst the Relief Duty is owed.
The revised Scheme allows in exceptional cases some homes to be allocated through Direct Allocation.
Extra Care Housing Schemes
Currently vacancies are allocated by a Multi-Agency Panel. The revised Scheme allows direct lettings to best meet the housing care needs of frail older people.
Contact the Homemove Team
Please contact the Homemove Team if you:
- Think your form has not been received
- Would prefer a printed form
- Want to tell us of a change in your circumstances
For more information, please take a look at our Social housing FAQs.
The Homemove Team
Clarion Housing Group
7 Perrymount Road