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
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 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.