Welcome to Birmingham Choice
The way that Birmingham’s social housing is allocated changed on 20 April 2017.
Social housing is a valuable but limited resource and demand for it is greater than the number of homes available. Therefore, to allocate housing tenancies in a fair and transparent way, the Council manages a housing allocation scheme, as it must do by law.
Social housing includes housing owned by the Council and by registered providers (formally known as housing associations). We allocate to some registered providers through nomination agreements.
Housing Allocation Scheme
The Housing Allocation Scheme is the way that the Council determines priorities for allocating social housing. Having this scheme in place ensures that the Council allocates social housing to the people who need it the most.
How a Housing Allocation Scheme works
When someone applies for housing with the Council, the criteria in the Housing Allocation Scheme determines if they are eligible and if they qualify for social housing. If they do qualify for social housing, they will join the Council’s housing register (housing waiting list).
Change in Circumstances
If you are already registered and your application is active but you need to tell us about a change in circumstances, you need to log in to your online account and update your application form with the changes. This will ensure that your application is up to date and that you can bid for suitable properties which meet your needs and have been awarded the right level of priority. For assistance on how to amend your application with a change of circumstances please follow this user guide - Customer Change of Circumstances Guide
Birmingham operates a choice based letting scheme and applicants accepted onto the housing register may express an interest in (bid for) a home when a suitable one becomes available. Those who do not qualify for social housing will be offered advice about alternative housing options, including private renting.
More information about Birmingham’s Housing Allocation Scheme
Housing advice and information
For advice and information of your housing options please visit Birmingham City Council's main website Housing Advice and Information Alternatively, please see our Housing Options in Birmingham pack .
Sheltered and Extra Care Housing Schemes provide support to their residents to help them live independently for longer.
The schemes are aimed at people who can usually manage on their own, but feel safer knowing help and support is nearby if needed.
For further information on shelered and extra care housing can be found here - Sheltered and Extra Care Housing
Help with Housing Costs
If you are on a low income you may be able to get help with your housing costs. You may qualify for Housing Benefit or Universal Credit. If you are unsure whether to claim Universal Credit or Housing Benefit then you can check your eligibility here.
Moving Into Your New Home
If you are successful and have been shortlisted for a property then please start to consider and plan for moving into your new home as soon as possible. Once you have viewed and accepted the property, you need to be ready and organised to move into your new home.