Joining the housing list

If you are interested in joining Lewisham’s housing register, please contact Housing Options on 0208 314 7007.  We will assess your eligibility to join the housing register before an application can be sent to you.

There are many more people registered on our housing list than properties available. This means that most people on the housing list face no prospect of being housed by Lewisham Council.

When we receive your application

We will assess your application and notify you of your priority. If your application is incomplete, we will return it and tell you what is missing.
We will need to verify all the details of your application. In particular, your supporting documentation may need to be verified before you can be considered for rehousing.

We may also arrange to visit you at home, or at your current residence, in order to confirm your current housing conditions.

New housing applications

If you have submitted an application and have not heard anything yet, please be patient as we have many new applications to assess. Each application will receive a decision letter once we have assessed their application. Some applications will be successful and will be added to the housing register. Other applications will not be successful, as they will be assessed as having no priority need and therefore will not join the register and will not be able to bid for properties. 

If you have a specific need (for example you are elderly, have learning or other disabilities, or do not have the ability to read English) we can assist you in accessing housing and bidding for properties.

The Homesearch Support Officer based in Letting & Support Services assists applicants to engage with Homesearch and can assist clients with bidding.

Once you are on the list

Once you are on the list and approved for housing, you need to actively bid for properties on Lewisham Homesearch.

Lewisham Homesearch maintains a register of people who want to be housed and rehoused in homes owned by the Council or by a housing association.

If you are on the housing list you are unlikely to receive an offer quickly. People who receive an offer will have been registered for a long time. You will probably need to request properties many times before you are successful, if at all.


We guarantee that any offer of Council property will: 
  • have the right number of bedrooms for your needs
  • be ready to move into from the start date of your tenancy
  • meet any medical requirements that are agreed by the Council’s Medical Advisor.

Generally, you will be asked to view a property while it is empty, but up to six weeks before it is ready for letting. The member of staff who accompanies you will inform you of any work to be done before and after you move in.

If you are homeless (or threatened with homelessness within the next 28 days), phone the Housing Options Team on 020 8314 7007.


Housing Options
1 Housing Options Centre
Eros House
, Brownhill Road
020 8314 7007


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