If you're homeless or threatened with homelessness, you should visit I am at risk of homelessness and need help to see if we can help you. The housing register should not be used to ask for help with your homelessness situation.
Social rented housing can only be allocated to eligible people. You are not eligible if you:
In Enfield, reasonable preference is given to some applicants when they:
Only those awarded sufficient points can bid for a suitable property. Those awarded enough points are given a user ID and PIN number. If you have applied but have not received a letter after several weeks, you should contact the Housing Assessment team on 020 8379 1000.
Housing associations and private landlords have a responsibility to carry out certain repairs in your home and keep your property safe. Unfortunately, we can’t award priority to tenants solely because they are experiencing disrepair. If you have issues in your home, you should report these to your landlord or agent straight away. If they fail to fix the problem in a reasonable time contact our Private Sector Housing Enforcement team on 020 8379 1000.
If you’re asked to leave your home, you won’t be awarded priority. You shouldn’t leave your home without getting advice first, as you may not have to leave by the date the landlord has given. If you’re worried, you can use our get help with your housing situation or visit GOV.UK for advice on evictions. Don’t give up your home of your own accord and make yourself homeless. If you do this, we could decide that you are 'intentionally homeless' and will not be able to offer you further help.
Overcrowding is very common and if you lack one bedroom, you won’t be given extra priority. A property is considered to be overcrowded if it does not have one bedroom for:
Council and housing association tenants lacking two or more bedrooms will receive a home visit to assess the impact on their family. Most overcrowded tenants will be advised to use Homeswapper to exchange their home.
Tenants in private rented homes or living with family or friends who are lacking three bedrooms may be awarded priority. However, we can only help one or two households like this every year. Most housing applicants living in a private rented home will be advised to look at other housing options, including renting a larger home.
If you are already on Enfield’s housing register, you should follow the guidance set out below and quote your application reference number.
For a new baby, provide the full birth certificate with a covering letter and email it to the team.
These changes don’t necessarily mean you will get extra priority for a council or housing association home.
When homes are advertised on the bidding system, the advert shows what type of tenancy is being offered by the landlord. The types of tenancy offered are: