IMPORTANT: ALLOCATION SCHEME CHANGES
We are changing who will get priority for council and housing association homes. The new system will come into effect in January 2016.
If you applied before 11 August 2015 and have not updated your application since then we need you to update it as soon as possible, to find out how you will be affected by the changes.
You should have received a letter advising you to update your application and how to do so. Please go to wwww.camden.gov.uk/housingapplication and click 'Update my application'.
Before updating your applicaiton, you will need:
* your housing application number(PIN number)
* your security number
* every address you have lived at since August 2005
* the dates of birth of everyone on your housing application
It's important that you provide us with the correct information, so that we can assess your application correctly. Please note it is unlawful to deliberately provide us with wrong information.
Welcome to Camden's Choice Based Lettings Scheme
Choice-based lettings is the method used by Camden to allocate its homes. Properties are available each week and you can bid for the available homes advertised. You can bid any time – day or night using either the website www.camden.gov.uk/homeconnections, telephone bidding or by texting your bid using your mobile telephone. Your bidding position depends on your points level and not when you place your bids, so bids can be place up to midnight on Mondays. Bidding opens on Thursday and closes at midnight on Monday.
Camden joined Housing Moves on 3 September 2012. Housing Moves is run by the Greater London Authority and aimed at council tenants and housing association tenants living in London who need to move to other parts of London to be near family or to be nearer their place of work. Non-social housing tenants will not be able to participate in the scheme. Please visit the Housing Moves website and take a look at the guidance note we have produced for further information.
Camden will offer introductory tenancies to all new Camden council tenants for the first year. This could be extended to up to 18 months if any of the tenancy conditions are broken and the council can also take action to repossess the property. If there are no problems with the tenancy, the introductory tenancy will automatically become a secure tenancy at the end of the year. This does not affect existing Camden council tenants, who will be offered secured tenancies
We have redesigned the way in which you make bids. The change allows you to review the properties you have selected before placing a bid. Once you have selected a property, it will be stored separately in a list called 'View Selected Properties'. You can then review the list and decide whether you still wish to bid for the properties or remove the property from your selection. We hope that adding this option will allow you to some extra time to review and consider the properties you wish to make bids.
Some viewings are at short notice, we usually contact you by phone, so it is very important we have your correct phone number. If you are invited to view a property you will need to bring some personal identification with you and some proof of address such as a recent utility bill. Other bidders will be viewing the property at the same time. Those invited will be in order of the number of points awarded. At the viewing you will be asked whether you want to accept the property - please consider very carefully before refusing a property. If you change your mind later, it may be too late - the property may have been offered to another bidder. We ask that you try to arrive at the viewing on time, if you are late; it is very possible that the property may be offered to someone else. We now only advertise a selection of properties in the Camden New Journal, a full list of properties available for the week is available on our website, see above.
Other housing options
The demand for our council homes far exceeds the supply. We regret we will not be able to help everybody who applies to us. Those people we can help may wait many years. Therefore we positively encourage you to consider other housing options. For more information on housing options in Camden, please go to housing options.