- 1 How do I get a council house in Southwark?
- 2 How can I buy my council home?
- 3 How do I apply for local authority housing?
- 4 Who can apply for right to buy?
- 5 How do I pay my council tax in Southwark?
- 6 How do I call Southwark Council?
- 7 Can I take over my mum’s council house?
- 8 Can my son buy my council house for me?
- 9 How long do you have to live in a council house before you can buy it?
- 10 Who gets priority for council housing?
- 11 How long does it take to get a council house?
- 12 Is Band B good for housing?
- 13 Can someone live with me in my council house?
- 14 Do I need a solicitor for right to buy?
- 15 Can I buy my council house with bad credit?
How do I get a council house in Southwark?
Check your eligibility
- be aged 16 or over; and.
- currently live in the borough and have done so continuously for the last 5 years; or.
- work in Southwark, and have a housing need such as residing in overcrowding circumstances and/or having a medical requirement for a move; or.
How can I buy my council home?
Under the Right to Buy scheme, you can apply to buy your council home if:
- it’s your only or main home.
- it’s self-contained.
- you’re a secure tenant.
- you’ve had a public sector landlord for 5 years – for example a council, housing association or NHS trust.
You can apply for a home through your local council. They might also call it ‘social housing ‘. If your application is accepted, you’ll go on to a waiting list of people who need a council home. Your council will then prioritise applications based on who needs a home most urgently.
Who can apply for right to buy?
Eligibility for Right to Buy
- You must be a secure tenant in the property you wish to buy.
- You must have spent at least three years as a public sector tenant.
- The property must be your only or main home.
- You must not have breached your suspended possession order.
- Your home must not be due for demolition (a notice would have been served on you).
How do I pay my council tax in Southwark?
You can pay your Council Tax bill by Direct Debit, pay online with your credit or debit card, pay by internet banking or use Paypoint outlets.
- Pay your Council Tax now. The cost of your bill is split into 10 monthly payments.
- Direct Debit.
- Credit or debit card.
- BACS and Internet banking.
- Overseas accounts.
- Paypoint outlets.
How do I call Southwark Council?
You can also email your complaint to complaints@ southwark.gov.uk or call the customer service centre on 020 7525 0042.
Can I take over my mum’s council house?
You should be able to take over the tenancy and stay if the property was your main home and you were living with the person who died for at least a year. If you were married or in a civil partnership with the person who died, you’ll take priority over any other family members.
Can my son buy my council house for me?
Can my children buy my home for me? Family members may be eligible to join in the Right to Buy with you. However, if they are not named on the tenancy agreement, they will need to have lived in the property for the past 12 months. There is nothing in law that specifies how a Right to Buy purchase should be financed.
How long do you have to live in a council house before you can buy it?
You must have been a council or housing association tenant for at least 3 years in total. This doesn’t have to be continuous or in the same property.
Who gets priority for council housing?
The council’s housing allocation policy sets out who gets priority on the waiting list. You must be given some priority or ‘reasonable preference’ if you: are homeless or fleeing violence. live in overcrowded or very bad housing conditions.
How long does it take to get a council house?
Band A 2–Bed takes 6 months and a 4-bed home can take up to 18 months.
Is Band B good for housing?
Bands B1 and B2 are for people who have an urgent need to move. This includes people who: have serious medical problems affected by their housing. are homeless and in ‘priority need’
Can someone live with me in my council house?
No, you don’t need to add someone to your tenancy for them to be living with you. The home is yours as long as you pay for it and you can have anyone live in it. You just need to let your landlord know that someone is going to be moving in but you do not need your social housing landlords permission.
Do I need a solicitor for right to buy?
You will need to hire a solicitor or other licensed conveyancer for the legal aspects of your purchase (searches, land registry fees, deeds, etc).
Can I buy my council house with bad credit?
Introduced in 1980, the Right to Buy scheme has helped millions of council tenants to purchase their rented properties, including those with bad credit. It is estimated that over 3,000 tenants have been able to purchase their properties using this scheme.