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Council Housing

It is very unlikely that you will be offered a council home as there is far more demand than supply

We are committed to building more genuinely affordable homes for local people. Our Local Lettings Policy means council tenants and the family members who live with them have first priority for the new homes we build on their estate.

Between 2018-2022 we will build another 1,900 genuinely affordable homes, including more than 550 new council homes.

However, though we are building the most new council homes in Islington for 30 years, it is very unlikely that you will be offered a council home as there is far more demand than supply.

This is because there are over 14,000 households on our housing register waiting to access social housing. Only a small proportion of our properties become vacant for letting every year. Last year we let only 1,100 properties, housing around 7% of those 14,000 households. Less than half of these properties had more than one bedroom. Regrettably, even people in the greatest need often face a delay of several years before they get housed.

Residents on the housing register have told us that if they knew how unlikely it was that they would be housed, they would have considered other options earlier like moving into private rented accommodation in cheaper areas, downsizing or swapping homes

  • The housing register

    Check if you are eligible and apply to get on the housing register

  • Bid for housing

    Find out more about our choice-based lettings scheme, where you can bid for housing if you have 120 points or more.

  • Change of circumstances

    If you are on the housing register and something has changed, please tell us so we can update your points.