Key Facts

Facts about Council Housing in Birmingham

 

  • The city council has approximately 60,000 properties, and this is decreasing each year – in 1981 the council had over 123,000 properties.
  • There are currently over 21,500 households on the housing register.
  • The council let only 1346 properties to customers in between January 2021 and February 2022, and this is decreasing each year.
  • Even if no new applicants applied, it would take many years to clear the current housing register.
  • 8% of our properties are designated for older people – aged 55 and over (sheltered properties).
  • The Council has over 4,190 households living in Temporary Accommodation (TA).

LARGER ACCOMMODATION IS VERY SCARCE

•   There were only 25 properties with 4 bedrooms let between September 2021 and February 2022.
•   In the last 6 months the council and partners only let 3 properties that had 5 bedrooms but have 640 households on the housing register for this sized property.
•   The Councils TOTAL stock of 6 bedroom or larger properties anywhere in the city is 13. This equates 0.02% of stock.

  • Between September 2021 and February 2022, the council let 0 properties that had 6 bedrooms or larger but have 110 households on the housing register for this sized property.

BE REALISTIC ABOUT YOUR CHANCES OF SECURING A COUNCIL PROPERTY

•   Large families – even in Band 1 will wait several years to secure a council house.
•   All council properties are in great demand however houses are in greater demand thanflats and in some areas the average applicant will wait over 20 years  to secure a property.