How to apply
To use Birmingham Home Choice, you need to be registered with Birmingham City Council, Midland Heart, or Family Housing Association.
You can get a copy of the Birmingham City Council housing application form from your local Neighbourhood Office. You can also download a copy of it from this website. If you need assistance in completing this form, please make an appointment to see one of our advisors at your local Neighbourhood Office. You can do this by calling 0121 303 1111.
It is important that you keep us up to date with any changes in your circumstances. Click here to find out how.
If you would like to apply to Family Housing Association, please call 0121 766 1100
If you would like to apply to Midland Heart, please call 0345 602 0540
Find out if you are eligible to register with Birmingham Home Choice.
What happens after I have sent in my application form?
Once you have completed your application form and sent it back to the organisation you wish to register with, they will then assess your housing need. If you apply to Birmingham City Council, we will compare your situation with our Allocations Scheme and award you points to refelect your housing need. You can find out more about the criteria we apply, either by reading our full Allocations Scheme, or by reading our Allocations Scheme Summary.
For more information on the criteria applied by Midland Heart and Family Housing Association, please contact them directly.
We will write to you when you are registered with Birmingham Home Choice. This letter will tell you:
It may also tell you
- the size of property you can bid for
- the category of property you are eligible for if you need adaptations
- the number of points you have been given
- the priority band you have been placed in.
You must tell us if there are any changes in your circumstances so that we can ensure your assessment is up to date. This includes if you move house, or if someone joins or leaves your household. We check your details before inviting you to view a property, and again before we let a property. If your circumstances have changed and you do not tell us, it may result in us being unable to let a property to you. You can tell us about changes in your circumstances by filling in a change of circumstances form or by visiting your Neighbourhood Office. You will also need to be able to provide evidence of the changes so that we can verify your circumstances.
You must also keep your contact details up to date with us, otherwise we will be unable to contact you about properties, and you will miss out on the oppertunity to view properties you have bid for.
For more information on what to expect from the application process to Birmingham City Council, please read our Service Standards.