Apply for social housing

We no longer own any homes – they are all owned and managed by Trafford Housing Trust (THT). THT is a registered housing provider and has the largest selection of accommodation across the borough of Trafford. There are a number of othe​r registered housing providers who have different types of properties so it's worth considering them too.

Housing demand in the borough of Trafford

Demand for social housing in Trafford is high and more people want social housing than the number of homes available. Some areas are more popular than others, so being flexible about the type of home and area you wish to live in might reduce your waiting time.

Who can apply for social housing?

Anyone can apply for social housing. You can do this either by making an application using the Trafford Home Choice online form or by contacting a registered housing provider directly.

Am I eligible for social housing?

As part of the Council's Housing Allocation Policy, we use priority bands to compare the needs of customers on our housing register. If you register for rehousing your housing needs will be assessed by Housing Options Service Trafford (HOST), and given a priority band from 1-5.

Band 1
  • Homeless Households owed a full homeless duty under section 193(2) or 195(2) of The Homelessness Act 2002 as amended by the Homelessness Reduction Act 2012.
  • Emergency Medical, disability or welfare
  • Exceptional circumstances/need to move.
  • Release adapted property.  
  • Statutory Overcrowded.
  • Move on from approved supported accommodation.
  • Care Leaver.
  • Foster Carers and Adopters.
  • Insanitary or unfit property.
  • Former or current members of the armed forces, bereaved spouses and civil partners of members of the Armed Forces.
Band 2
  • Applicants who are owed the Relief Duty.
  • Applicants who are owed the Prevention Duty (after 28 days and active contribution to the Personal Housing Plans).
  • Applicants overcrowded by the Bedroom standard.
  • Applicants under occupying by 2 or more bedrooms.
  • Medical grounds.
  • Former or current members of the armed forces, bereaved spouses and civil partners of members of the Armed Forces.
Band 3
  • Applicants owed the Homeless Prevention Duty
  • Applicants aged 55 and over
  • Under occupying by one bedroom.
  • Former or current members of the armed forces, bereaved spouses and civil partners of members of the Armed Forces.
Band 4
  • Trafford Positive Community Criteria
  • Former or current members of the armed forces, bereaved spouses and civil partners of members of the Armed Forces.
Band 5
  • Applicants who would have been owed reasonable preference but whose priority has been down banded according to the Policyfor rent arrears, behaviour, no local connection, savings, equity or earning.
  • Applicants who have no recognisable housing need and do not meet the Trafford Positive Community Criteria.