Finding A Home

Family outside their Estuary homeRented Homes

How you apply for our general needs rented housing will depend on your circumstances and the type of home you are looking for. We have a contract with the Local Authorities (Councils) called ‘nomination agreements’. This means we have to allocate a percentage of our empty homes to people from their waiting lists. You will need to contact your local council's housing department and complete one of their application forms to be nominated by them for one of our properties. The council will explain how their housing register and nominations system operates, as these are all different.

Most councils operate a choice based lettings scheme. Once you have been accepted onto their housing register, you will be advised which property types you can bid on. You can then bid for these types of homes being advertised. The bidder with the highest priority under their scheme will be nominated to us.

We allocate our general needs rented homes from the following sources:

  • The Councils’ waiting lists
  • Our transfer list (only for current Estuary general needs residents)
  • Our own direct waiting list (non-Estuary residents or Estuary residents in our Market Rented homes)

All our homes which are for let follow our Selection and Allocation Policy.pdf (0.254MB) Adobe Acrobat File. This document advises you on the criteria Estuary uses for those applying to be housed by us.

To apply to register for our waiting list, please read our Selection and Allocation Policy to ensure you meet our criteria. You can then complete our  Housing Application Form.pdf (0.353MB) Adobe Acrobat File or  Transfer Form  (0.311MB) Adobe Acrobat File . If you need help in completing the form, please contact us and we will be happy to assist.

Other Housing Options

Please see the menu on the left hand side for other housing options available through Estuary, which include Market Renting and Mutual Exchange. If you are looking to purchase a property, please have a look at our property search.

I am going to be homeless in the near future, what can I do?

You need to contact your local authority Housing Options team and ask to speak to one of their Homelessness Officers for advice. The Housing Options team will assess your situation and, if you meet specific criteria, they may be able to assist by putting you into emergency accommodation.

Shelter may also be able to help you with any issues you have surrounding your current housing circumstances. Shelter's helpline is open from 8am - 8pm, and 8am - 5pm at weekends, 365 days a year.Their housing experts will offer support to you no matter what your housing situation.

  • Call Shelter on 0800 800 4444. This is free from UK landlines and all major UK operators. Other networks may charge.

Private Renting

Renting privately is often the quickest way for you to find housing. We would suggest you speak to the Housing Options team within the Local Authority of the area you wish to live in, as they should be able to give you further information about renting privately and you may be eligible for help under a rent deposit scheme.

You can find contact details for lettings agents in the area by looking in the Yellow Pages or in your local free paper.

Estuary do have a small amount of Market Rented homes, which are the same as renting from a private landlord. Any available homes are advertised via our agent Countrywide.