Applying for housing in Newham

A council home may not be the best option for you. We are here to help you look at all your housing options before you apply to join the housing register.

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How to join the housing register

Housing and Employment Destinations (HED) is an online tool that can help you understand your housing and employment options. It uses your information to give you useful, tailored advice and guidance to help you search for a home.
Before you can apply to join the housing register you must register on the HED website. It will help you to find out whether joining the housing register is your best option to find a new home. HED may give you other suggestions that you have not thought about before.
If joining the housing register is the best option, you will be given the option to apply.

Qualifying to join the housing register

To qualify to join the housing register:
  • you must have lived in Newham continuously for at least two years
  • you must have a local connection to Newham, through your family or job.
Find out how we allocate council homes to see if you qualify to join our housing register.

Bidding for a council home

After you join the housing register, you will be able to bid (apply) for a home through the East London Lettings Company (ELLC). You can bid:
  • using an ELLC kiosk
  • by phone
  • by text.
Properties are advertised on the ELLC website.
Find out more about bidding for a council home
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