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Apply for housing

Council housing in South Tyneside is managed by South Tyneside Homes. 


How to apply:


1. Register with the housing scheme

To apply for Council housing, you need to be a member of the South Tyneside housing scheme.

  • Anyone over 16 years old can register. Applicants under 18 will have their needs assessed by a specialist team.
  • To register, you will need to provide information including your national insurance number and details of previous tenancies.
  • After registering, you will be sent a letter within 10 working days with your application number, confirmation of your date of registration, and your banding status.

Once registered, you will be able to apply for housing in:

  • South Tyneside
  • North Tyneside
  • Gateshead
  • Newcastle

Register online:

You can register with the scheme on the Tyne and Wear Homes website:

Register with the housing scheme

 

Register by post:

Download the  housing application form1.1Mb , complete it by hand and return it to the Homefinder Team, 25-27 Market Place, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 1JF.

Register over the phone:

Call South Tyneside Homes on 0300 123 6633 to complete an application over the phone.

2. Search for and bid on homes

Once you have registered with the housing scheme you will be able to search and bid on homes.

  • Homes are advertised from Thursday 00:01 to Monday 23:59.
  • You can place 3 bids per week from the Choice Based Lettings list. Bids can also be placed on the properties on the Available Now list.
  • Each home is advertised with Lettings criteria to let you know the household size the home is suitable for.

To search for a home, visit the Tyne and Wear Homes website:

Search for a home 

3. What happens next? 

You will be kept informed about your position on the shortlist, by logging in to your Tyne and Wear Homes account

Due to the demand for housing, homes are allocated according to need.

For information about what happens when you are offered a home, see South Tyneside Homes: When you are offered a home.


Eligibility

Anyone can apply for housing. Due to the demand for housing, homes are allocated according to need. 

Each home is advertised with Lettings criteria to let you know the household size the home is suitable for.

For information about what kind of home you could be eligible for, see  South Tyneside Homes: Apply for a home FAQs


Frequently asked questions

Find out about:

  • applying for a home
  • what kind of housing you're eligible for
  • information about the banding system
  • if you have medical needs
  • checks that will be carried out
  • and much more

South Tyneside Homes: Apply for a home FAQs


Help and support

The South Tyneside Homes Homefinder service can give help and advice with any housing or housing application issue, such as:

  • general housing and application advice
  • mutual exchange
  • dedicated Young Persons Advisor
  • advice and guidance on private rentals
  • assistance for people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness
  • and more

Find out more:  South Tyneside Homes: Help and support


Other ways to find housing 

Other options include housing associations and private housing.

See  How to find a home


Website questionnaire

We are working with South Tyneside Homes to improve their website, as well as improving the housing information on our website.

If you have a few minutes to spare, please complete the short study below, which includes a few simple tasks related to housing queries, followed by some questions.

This should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, and will help us to decide on the best way to organise webpages.

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