But before you apply for a home - you need to think about whether you can afford it. If this is the first time you've thought about setting up your own home, you'll need to take into account that it's not just about paying your rent - there are bills to pay on top of that such as Council Tax, gas, electricity and water. It's important to remember that if you can't keep your rent account up to date you'll lose your home.
Take a look at our handy Cost of Running a Home webpage to find out more. You'll be able to see a detailed list of all the costs as well completing an easy budgeting sheet to see what your monthly outgoings will be.
Before offering you a home, we'll ask you for a minimum of one week's rent up-front and you’ll need to demonstrate that you can afford to take on the tenancy.
Based on your housing circumstances, our assessors will decide which priority band is most appropriate for you and will give you a list of property types that best suit your family size and needs.
Homes managed by us, tenant management organisations, other social landlords and private sector landlords are advertised on Homes in the City each week from 6pm on Tuesdays until 1pm on Mondays. The adverts show a photo of the property as well as details of size, location, rent, local facilities and who is eligible to bid for the properties. All this information will help you decide if it's suitable for you.
You'll be given a 'priority band'.There are five bands, ordered by housing need, simply called:
The types of people who qualify for each band is explained in detail in the Homes in the City guide.
From 6pm on Tuesdays until 1pm on Mondays you can look at the adverts and tell us which of the properties you like. This is called ‘bidding.’ You can make up to 3 bids. Bidding is easy and there are a number of ways to do it:
We currently manage just over 23,200 properties but, on average, only 1,800 properties are available for re-letting every year. There are around 12,500 people on the housing register with about 6,500 having a housing need actively seeking accommodation. So applying for a home doesn't guarantee we'll be able to offer you a new home.
We allocate the homes we manages in line with Wolverhampton City Council's Housing Allocations Policy.pdf.
To find out more and to get answers to any questions you may have visit the Homes in the City questions and answers section.