Search and apply for a home

Find a new council property

To apply for a property you will need:

  • your applicant number - this is on the letter we sent you when you registered; if you have lost your number, please call Housing Allocations
  • your band (also on the registration letter) - properties are labelled according to the kind of customer they are suitable for; these labels are called housing bands.

You can apply for as many properties as you like, as long as you meet the conditions in the advertisement.

Affordable housing

Please note that other types of properties are also advertised in Greenwich Homes. These include 'affordable housing', which have rent levels set at up to 80 per cent of full market rents. The rent on affordable housing properties are higher than on standard council homes. 

There are also fixed term tenancies available. These have tenancy periods less than the lifetime tenancies traditionally offered by housing associations. The tenancy details will be explained to you if you are invited to view the property. 

Applying online

You can search for and express an interest in properties using our online database - follow the link to 'Bid for a council property'.

Apply by text

You can bid for advertised properties by text using the number 07786 207913.

Please use the following format:

CBL, the property reference number and your applicant number.

The property reference will be on the advert and your applicant number is on the letter we sent to you when you registered for housing.

Your text bid will look like this example: CBL 179104 12191

You will need to send a separate text for each property you wish to bid for and the text is charged at your mobile providers' standard rate. You will receive a text response to confirm your bid within 5 minutes. 

Applying by telephone

To apply for a property by telephone, call the Greenwich Homes bidding line and use the push-button system.

You will need to make a new call for each property you wish to apply for.

Important notice

Please ensure that you only bid for properties that you are genuinely interested in. If your bid is successful and you then fail to attend the arranged viewing, your priority could be removed or your application suspended.

How will I hear more about my bid?

After the closing date for the advert, all applications will be looked at. The Royal Borough of Greenwich will decide who is the most suitable applicant based on them meeting the criteria for the property and the length of time they have been on the housing register.

The Royal Borough will write to the person who came top of the list to invite them to view the property. If that person refuses the property, we will contact the second on the list and so on until it is accepted.

We will not contact you if your application is unsuccessful.

Greenwich Homes bidding line

Open 24 hours a day, calls charged at local rate

020 8921 4340

Contact Housing Allocations

The Woolwich Centre,
35 Wellington Street,
Woolwich SE18 6HQ

020 8921 2941