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We are currently receiving a significant number of housing applications and apologise for the delay in assessments being completed.  Please do not contact us during the period of assessment; this will allow us to assess your application more quickly. 

You can log into your online account to view the status of your application and we will inform you of the outcome of your application by email.

Birmingham Choice upgrade - the site is being upgraded to include improved accessibility and a new waiting time calculator on Wednesday 18th May.  Customers may experience the site running slightly slowly during this time.

Pre-tenancy workshops - Birmingham City Council & partners have created an interactive workshop to support applicants at the point of applying for housing. Please select the link for further information - Book Pre-Tenancy Workshop

Welcome to Birmingham Choice


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.


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

Birmingham introduced a new Housing Allocation Scheme on 20th April 2017.  To find out more about this Scheme you can read the summary of the new Scheme or the full policy document.


Housing advice and information

For advice and information of your housing options please visit Birmingham City Council's main website for Housing Advice and Information and advice.  Alternatively, please see our Birmingham Housing Advice pack.  

Sheltered Housing

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


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.

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Starts 19 May, until 23 May
The introduction of a new Housing Allocations Policy for Birmingham was approved by Councillors at a Cabinet meeting in March 2022.  The new Policy was prepared following extensive consultation on the changes that we propose, and we estimate the changes will be implemented in Autumn...
Published: Wednesday 4 May 2022

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