Housing register application

The housing crisis in Hackney

Due to the increased demand for council housing in Hackney, the vast majority of people who join the register will never receive a council property.

We strongly recommend that you consider all alternative housing options. For most people, the most realistic option is to rent in the private sector.

See housing options and advice for further information on how you can find settled housing.

Minimum waiting times for social housing

Joining the register won’t provide you with a solution to your housing need. Below are the minimum lengths of time you can expect if you join the register today.

Figures based on joining the register on 9 April 2020.


Band 1 bed 2 bed 3 bed 4+bed
Urgent 1 year 2 years 2 years 9 years
Homeless 4 years 12 years 9 years 15 years
General 7 years 19 years 26 years 28 years


  • Urgent band – households living in properties which are severely overcrowded; or who live in accommodation which negatively affects their health; or residents who are fleeing domestic violence
  • Homeless band – homeless households which the Council has a legal duty to house
  • General band – households with a housing need less urgent than other bands

Application process

Look at housing alternatives

We can support you to find settled housing faster by supporting you to get a privately rented property.

See housing options and advice for further information.

Housing register FAQs

Page updated on: 28 April 2020

Housing register team