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Register for housing

Important information
If you are under the age of 22, your ability to claim costs towards housing through Universal Credit may be affected.

Full details about changes to housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds.

Gateway to Homechoice is the scheme for letting social housing across eight council areas in parts of Suffolk and Essex.

Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils have joined Babergh, Braintree, Colchester, Ipswich, Maldon and Mid Suffolk to give residents the opportunity to bid for council and housing association homes across the partner councils.

Council and housing association homes available to let in all the council areas are advertised on the Gateway to Homechoice website. Once registered with Gateway to Homechoice applicants can search for available properties they are eligible to bid for.

Anyone, over the age of 16, can apply to join the Gateway to Homechoice register, however to be accepted onto the register you must meet the eligibility criteria.

Registering with Gateway to Homechoice

Your application will be assessed according to our allocation policy and you will be placed into one of five bands (Bands A - E), depending on your level of housing need. We may ask you for some further information in order to verify your housing circumstances.

We will then write to you and tell you:

  • Your housing application number and details of how to log in to use the Gateway to Homechoice website
  • The band your application has been placed in and the effective date of your application
  • The number of bedrooms you are entitled to

You will then be able to search the Gateway to Homechoice website for available properties and bid for the properties you are eligible to bid for.

Availability of social housing

Please be aware that demand for social housing outstrips supply and you may wish to explore the enhanced housing options available to you for alternative housing solutions.