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Lewisham Homesearch is being replaced by a new website for housing applications. Find out more below.
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On 29 March we are launching a new website called Lewisham Find Your Home. The Lewisham Find Your Home website will replace Lewisham Homesearch as the place to register a housing application, view properties and place bids.

Anyone with an existing housing register application will need to re-register to the website. Read our registration guide.

Applicants are able to do this from the afternoon of 29 March. This will not affect existing housing applications in any way. Assessed priority banding and bed size need will remain the same.
Lewisham Homesearch will remain open for bidding up to 21 March 2021. Bidding for properties on Lewisham Find Your Home starts from 15 April 2021.

Before you apply

In the Lewisham borough, there are over 10,000 people on the housing register. 

This table contains the estimated minimum waiting time for a property, if you join the housing register today. 

These estimates are based on the number of people on the housing register and the number of properties let per year. 

 Band 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed 6+ Bed
 1  6 months  4 months  1 month  3 months  8 months  1 year
 2  9 months  8 months  1 year  6 years  35 years  29 years
 3  2 years  10 years  13 years  22 years  86 years  83 years

Band 1 includes households with an urgent need to move otherwise their life will be in danger; tenants of Council or Partner Landlords needing to move as their home is due to be demolished; young people to whom the council has a corporate parental responsibility.

Band 2 includes households who are severely overcrowded; or households assessed as suffering from a serious physical or mental illness as a result of their present housing circumstances.

Band 3 includes households to whom the council owes a statutory homeless duty; or households who are overcrowded as their property is one bedroom short for their needs.

Because of this high demand, we recommend you consider other housing options before applying for council housing.

Find out more about renting and finding a home in the private rented sector.

Find out more about affordable ways to buy a home

For more information, please refer to our housing allocations policy (PDF, 694KB). 

Who can apply

You can apply for council housing if you:

  • live in the UK permanently
  • are over 18
  • have a gross annual household income of £50,000 or less
  • have household savings of £16,000 or less
  • have lived in the borough continuously for the last five years.

Who we prioritise

We use a banding system to prioritise people who:

  • are homeless
  • live in unhygienic or overcrowded housing
  • are vulnerable
  • have medical needs or disabilities
  • have urgent transfer needs, where someone’s life is severely endangered.

We also give priority to existing council tenants who would like to move to another social housing who:

  • need to move due to major repairs works, improvements or redevelopment
  • are experiencing racial, sexual or other harassment
  • have too many bedrooms and are moving to smaller council housing.

Join the housing register.

Support if you are already on the housing register.

Appeal against a decision

You can ask us to review our decision if:

  • we haven’t accepted your application to be on the housing register
  • you think we have made the wrong decision about your priority banding.

Emails us on housingreviews@lewisham.gov.uk. We will send you an appeal form, which you must return within 21 days. We will try to respond to you within 56 days.

If you aren’t eligible for council housing

If you aren’t eligible for council housing, don’t meet a priority category or have had their application rejected, there are other ways you can find home to live in.

Financial problems

If you are having financial problems, we may be able to provide advice on:

  • budgeting, money management and maximising your income
  • welfare reform and benefit changes, i.e. universal credit, benefit caps or the local housing allowance
  • employment or help finding a job
  • finding a deposit to secure private rented accommodation.

Private rented sector

You might consider renting privately.

What to do when you are on the housing register

See information for people who are on the housing register

Contact

Housing Options

Telephone: 020 8314 7007

Homeless enquiries HousingOptionsEnquiry@lewisham.gov.uk

Social housing applicants LewishamHomesearch.OnlineApplications@lewisham.gov.uk

Existing social housing tenants who would like to transfer, please contact your landlord.

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