Homefinder UK is a scheme that matches people looking for social housing with available homes.
Through the Homefinder UK website, you can find immediately available social housing throughout the country, including homes with wheelchair access, and retirement or sheltered housing.
The Homefinder UK scheme helps:
- homeless households or those threatened with homelessness
- people living in temporary accommodation
- victims of abuse or violence
- people whose circumstances have changed or members of overcrowded households.
Homefinder UK: how it works
To be eligible for the Homefinder UK scheme, you must be willing to move to another part of the country, if necessary.
First, register on the Homefinder UK website. Once your registration is verified, you’ll get a user ID and PIN number.
2. Bid for a home
Once registered, you can bid for homes on the website. You can only bid for homes you’re entitled to, for example, you can’t bid for a three-bedroom home, if you’re only entitled to a two-bedroom home.
3. Shortlisting and viewings
Bids for homes are put on a shortlist. If your bid is on the shortlist, you’ll be contacted to arrange a property viewing. Because demand for homes is high, you’ll usually have to decide fairly quickly if you want to take the property.
You can find full details about the registration process and how to bid for homes on the Homefinder UK website.
REVIVE: domestic abuse relocation service
If you’re moving home because of domestic abuse or violence, Homefinder UK’s REVIVE team can help you find a new place to live. They’ll help organise your move, tell you about available support networks, and help you get settled in your new home.