You should apply to your local authority to go on their waiting list. Eligibility varies between local authorities but as a general rule you should meet the following criteria:
- Be over 18 (applicants between the ages of 16 and 18 years can apply and will be accepted in exceptional circumstances with a referral from Social Services and a rent guarantee);
- Applicants must also have a local connection in that they, or their partner, have lived or been in full time permanent employment within the local authority area for at least two years.
Housing Solutions operate a waiting list for applicants interested in Sheltered Housing Only. To be eligible for this waiting list applicants must:
- Not be an owner-occupier (unless you are over 55 and wish to apply for sheltered housing);
- Not have taken advantage of the Right to Buy scheme.