How to apply for a home

You can search and apply for a home to rent online, it's simple and convenient to use. Once you're registered with us, you can search and bid on any homes you're eligible for, up to three homes at any one time, putting you firmly in control of your property search.

Five steps to renting your home

1: Register for your new home
2: Search for the homes you love
3: Bid on homes
4: Decision
5:Move in

We operate a choice-based lettings scheme, which is an easy-to-use system which allows you to make choices about where you want to live and which home is most suitable for you. Most housing associations will use a choice-based letting scheme, to advertise homes which are available to rent. Before you can start bidding for homes, you will need to register with us so that we can check your eligibility.

Search and select the properties that are of interest to you. The system will automatically only display properties that you are eligible to bid on. 

You will be able to bid on the homes you are eligible for; you can usually bid for (express an interest in) more than one home at a time, but it is worth checking before you try to bid on too many.

Our choice-based housing allocation policy usually works on a priority basis, with each customer being given a ‘priority status’ depending on their housing needs at that time. Once the bidding window closes on a property, we will inform the successful applicant.

Before offering a tenancy, we will invite you to view the property and carry out a pre-tenancy interview. 

There may be instances where a choice-based lettings system isn’t in place and you will be able to apply to rent one of our homes from us directly.

Once you have accepted our offer of a home, it’s time to move in. We want to keep everyone safe and well so we have developed a COVID-safe moving in proceedure. Prior to your move date we will get in touch to take you through the procedure and to make moving in as easy, enjoyable and stress free as possible for you.

The policy is backed up by clear procedures, which are regularly reviewed to ensure that we comply with any changes in the law and to make sure they help us to achieve our objectives.

We allocate properties on the basis of date registration within the three housing need groups below:

Group one – priority housing need

Examples below:

  • Homeless.
  • Local authority nomination.
  • Need to move due to a serious illness which prevents you living in your current home. For example, we consider it an extremely urgent need for re-housing if you are prevented from leaving hospital because your home is no longer suitable, such as an amputee having to live downstairs where the only toilet is upstairs.
  • Need to move due to serious harassment/violence
  • Need to move due to demolition or major building works.
  • A situation where you are financially worse off due to the bedroom tax.

Please note that you will be asked to provide evidence to substantiate your housing situation.

Group two – urgent housing need

Examples below:

  • Suffering from anti-social behaviour at current address.
  • Currently living in temporary accommodation.
  • Living in overcrowded conditions.
  • Suffering friction within the household.
  • Needing to move due to an illness or disability in order to improve quality of life.

Group three – other housing applicants

Examples below:

  • Applicants who wish to move but have no priority or urgent housing need.
  • Transfer applicants who have no medical or social need.
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Frequently asked questions

Anyone over the age of 16 can apply to rent one of our properties.

Applicants between the ages of 16 and 18 will, however, be required to provide a guarantor and we strongly recommend that they seek advice from social services and/or the local authority homeless services.

Applicants looking for our Independent Living properties must normally be 55 years of age. In the case of couples, one partner should have reached 55. In certain circumstances, however, we can consider applicants under the age of 55, e.g. someone who is registered disabled and is in receipt of a relevant disability benefit. Some of our schemes have specific restrictions on who can apply. You will be advised of any restrictions on application.

At Johnnie Johnson Housing we have a clear Equality and Diversity policy. We welcome applications from anyone regardless of age, gender, religious beliefs, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, physical characteristics or disability.

Johnnie Johnson Housing uses a Banding system to assess a person’s level of housing need. Your current housing circumstances will be assessed and you will be given the Band which reflects how urgently you need to move.

There are five Housing Need Bands and all applications received from people who want to move into a Johnnie Johnson rented property will be assessed and placed in one of the Bands. You can find out more about the Bands on our property website.

When allocating a property we will shortlist applicants, taking into account:

  • Their housing need (i.e. their Band)
  • Who will occupy the property fully (see ‘How we calculate bedroom need’)
  • The effective date of their application (i.e. the date that their Band was awarded)
  • Any other eligibility rules such as local connection, age limits etc.

Using our new property website, you can bid on a maximum of 3 properties at any one time. However, if we have made you an offer of a property you will no longer be permitted to place bids and any previous bids for other properties will not be considered, pending the signing of the tenancy.

It’s easy to register online – all you need is an email and a password. Simply create an account to get started.

For more details on how to sign up, read all you need to know as a new applicant.

Use our guide to find on how to bid on properties and manage your account. There you can find all the details you need about bidding, managing your bids, and offers of accommodation.

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