Because of the housing shortage in Hackney, we can't offer a house to everyone but, we can advise you about the alternatives. Everyone with a housing need will be offered a housing options interview, where we will explore a range of solutions.
If you are worried about becoming homeless, you can ask for help from the Council.
What housing advice we offer
We will advise you on housing options based on your circumstances. We offer:
- advice and help to people looking for a home
- advice on how to pay for it
- full housing option service covering:
- renting from the council
- renting from a housing association
- private renting
- low cost home ownership
- mobility options
- supported housing
- assistance with keeping your home
- personalised referrals to other sections if we cannot help you
The more information you give us, the quicker we can give you proper advice. Please let us see any useful documents as soon as you can. These can be:
- the first tenancy agreement your landlord gave you
- any letters from a landlord, friend or relative who wants you to leave
- proof of your income, including any benefits you are getting
- rent book or other record of rent paid
- proof of your previous and present addresses
Many people lose their homes, or right to be re-housed, because they wait too long before getting advice.
How to apply for housing in Hackney
First, you need to be on our housing list. If you haven't registered yet, please follow these steps:
- Download and complete the housing register application form [pdf, 412.08Kb]
- Post or take your form to: Housing Needs Service, Hackney Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street, Hackney E8 1DY
- Book an appointment to see a housing options officer
For appointments or the get an application form sent to you, please contact us.
Application: Documents we need to see
We need to see some documents to ensure that you are eligible to apply, decide what your housing priority ought to be and identify fraudulent applications. These include:
- proofs of identity
- proofs of address
- proof of income
- evidence of National Insurance number
See the full checklist of supporting documents we require to process your application.
Eligibility: Those who may not apply for housing
Please note: the law says that we can't allocate housing to people who are subject to immigration control, in other words:
- asylum seekers
- those who have been refused leave to remain in the country
- those with no recourse to public funds
We can also exclude from housing people who have the following issues:
- anti-social behaviour
- rent arrears
Also, there are circumstances when the Council will give less priority to your housing application if you:
- have no local connection with the borough
- have sufficient income to rent privately or purchase housing
What happens next?
When we have received all the necessary documentation we will:
- send you a copy of the information we have recorded, based upon the application form. We will ask you to check this and to tell us if anything is wrong
- let you know which letting band you have joined and from when. Our bands are date ordered and new applicants will usually join the band at the bottom. You can find detailed information about letting bands in our lettings policy [pdf, 721.47Kb]
- to speed up your housing prospects, you will be offered the option to accept a home that has one bedroom less than we consider is needed
Once you have had your application registered, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible to bid for vacant council and housing association properties.
Bidding for properties
To get you into a property faster and give you more control over where you live, we introduced a choice based lettings scheme, Hackney Choice. It allows you to bid for available properties, rather than wait to be allocated a home.