If you are homeless or at risk of being made homeless, you should read our homelessness advice.
Your current accommodation must be unsuitable for you or a member of your household for you to join the housing register.
You may be disqualified from the housing register due to past behaviour such as rent arrears or antisocial behaviour. These are considered on a case by case basis.
Our available housing does not meet demand, and you are not guaranteed to be housed quickly, in your preferred area or property type.
How to apply
In Poole, you'll only have to make one application to Dorset HomeChoice. There's no charge for the application.
Once you've registered, you can bid for properties, across all areas within the partnership where you are eligible.
Being registered and bidding regularly does not mean you will one day be allocated accommodation.
Application and bidding advice
There is some advice you should consider when applying for social housing and bidding for properties.
How to bid
To look at properties to bid for, you will need to log in to Dorset HomeChoice and follow the instructions.
To bid, you will need:
- your unique reference number (sent to you when you were accepted onto the register)
- your date of birth
- the password you used to register on the site
Make sure you are maximising your bids. You can place 6 bids every week. Bids can be reviewed and changed before the bidding cycle closes. This means that if you place a bid early in the bidding cycle, at which point you are in bid position 1-5 but when you check again a few days later you find that there are a lot of people ahead of you, then you can remove the bid and use it on a different property.
Expand your search area
Expand the areas that you are bidding on. Social housing availability varies in different areas across Poole and Dorset. Many areas are in high demand. In particular there is a shortage of larger properties (3 and 4 bedrooms) across the whole of the area.
Change the property types
Change the property types that you are bidding on. Houses are in greater demand than flats and this may mean that it takes a very long time to secure a house, especially if the areas you are looking in are limited or you have a low band award.
You may need to consider that the only way you will get social housing to meet your immediate needs will be to bid on property types that are not your preferred option.
Consider other options
If it is taking too long to get housing of the type you want in the area that you want then you should consider other housing options such as the private rented sector.
Page last updated: 31 October 2018