Shropshire Council

Renting social housing

When we talk about social housing we mean houses and flats managed by local councils or registered housing associations.

Applying for social housing

If you wish to be considered for social housing in Shropshire, you'll need to be registered with Shropshire HomePoint, which is run by us and holds the housing register for all local housing providers. The housing register is a waiting list you join enabling you to bid on properties across Shropshire when they become available.

Once registered, you'll be advised of your banding, reference number and memorable data. Available properties are advertised on the Shropshire HomePoint website. You'll be able to bid on one property a week. Please visit Telford Housing Options for accommodation in the Telford and Wrekin are.

Bidding on properties

Once you've registered you can apply for properties in the following ways:

  • Shropshire HomePoint website
  • Call the automated 24 hour bidding line on 0345 520 2505
  • Apply by text message from your mobile phone on 0786 001 5237 as follows: your reference number (space) date of birth (space) property reference number
  • Telephone Shropshire HomePoint on 0300 303 8595.

If you're successful with your bid, you'll be contacted by the housing association or registered provider which owns the property. Please remember that some housing associations are now asking for between one and four weeks rent up front before they'll offer you the tenancy. However, please be realistic. Only a relatively small percentage of people registered on Shropshire HomePoint will be rehoused in social housing. Renting privately may be your only viable option.

For advice on saving for a deposit please visit the Just Credit Union website.

Renting social housing is no longer a 'house for life'. Many registered social landlords now offer starter tenancies for a 12-month period before offering a further tenancy, usually lasting up to five years.     

Renting from the private sector often gives tenants more choice in terms of both the type of property available and geographical area.

For advice and assistance on renting in the private sector, you can contact: