PO Box 10, Oxford, OX1 1EN
Tel 01865 249811
We have formed a partnership with Housing Associations who have properties in Oxford so that most social rented properties are let through one single housing register.
If you want to apply to go on the housing register you should ask for an application form from the Housing Needs Team by phoning us on 01865 249811.
Alternatively you can contact one of the partner housing associations listed on our ORAH contacts page.
We will be pleased to help if you need any help in completing the form. It is important the form is completed as fully as possible as this may affect the priority you are given.
Applications are assessed in line with our Allocations scheme using a banding system. Information about the full Allocations scheme can be found in the document below:
Being on the register does not guarantee you will be housed, especially if you are in a low band.
The information you need to provide is listed on the application form.
You will need to show some original documents as evidence, for example passport or birth certificate.
All information will be treated as confidential, although information may be shared if we need to check against fraud or follow up information about your housing needs.
Action will be taken against applicants found to have been fraudulently applying for accommodation or not giving full details as to their circumstances.
If your circumstances change whilst you are waiting on the register you must notify the Housing Needs Team at the Council and a form is available for you to do this.
A change of circumstance includes a change of address or family changes such as the birth of children.
Yes. To be considered for accommodation, you must express an interest in a property by making 'bids' through the Choice Based Lettings Scheme. You will be given more information on this when your application is added to the Housing register.
You will be required to re-register annually. A form will be sent out to enable you to do this. You must notify us if your circumstances change at any point.
There are four options:
Any existing Council or partner housing association tenant living in Oxford City can apply. However your application is only likely to be approved if:
If you want to move because of problems with anti-social behaviour, problems with repairs or because you need your property to be adapted, a transfer may not be the best option and you should speak to your own landlord for advice.
You can obtain a transfer form from your landlord's local office. Please see the ORAH contacts page for details.
This should be completed and returned to your landlord.
Once you have done this your landlord will ensure the form and any accompanying evidence are fully completed and will send it to the Housing Needs Team at Oxford City Council who will put your details on the register.
It is useful to discuss your housing needs with your Housing Officer or Tenancy Management Officer as they will be able to advise you and can help you complete the form.
You should consider other options that might help you find a more suitable home such as the Mutual Exchange Scheme.
If you are an Oxford City Council tenant and you live in a family-sized property and are prepared to move to a smaller property you may be eligible for compensation plus certain other expenses. For more information please see the leaflet below:
Incentive Scheme for Under-Occupying Tenants (177kB PDF)
Please note some housing associations may run similar schemes.
If you are on the housing register and need to notify us of a change of personal or household circumstances, please contact us on 01865 249811.
Contacts details for members of the Oxford Register for Affordable Housing (ORAH)
Page last updated 12 December 2013
Housing Needs Team
St Aldate's Chambers
109 St Aldate's