Welcome to our find a home section which gives you useful
information and advice about how to apply for a council house,
how to swap your home and the housing register.
If you are already on the Homeseeker Housing Register and you
want to search and apply for a new home visit our
Homeseeker Vacant Properties.
If you are not on the Homeseeker Housing Register you can apply
online by completing the
Online Housing Register Application Form.
Before you put your name on the register it may be worth
downloading the 'Cost
of running your own home' leaflet which gives you an idea of
the costs involved in running your own home.
What is the housing register?
The Housing Register is a list of people who want to be
re-housed by Barnsley Council, it's also known as 'The Waiting
People can also join the waiting list if they want to be put
forward to a housing association. The waiting list works under
under a set of rules known as the
Lettings Policy which meets the regulations in the Housing Act
1996, The Homelessness Act 2002 and any guidance received from
Central Government. It is also supported by a Code
of Guidance which helps our staff deal with all housing
applications in a fair and consistent way.
Who can join the register?
Anyone can apply to join the register and become our tenant.
However, there are certain circumstances where we may not agree to
you joining the register. These are if:
- You do not fulfil the UK residency criteria;
- You or a member of your household have behaved in an
unreasonable way including anti-social behaviour, harassment,
damage to council property, violence to staff, rent arrears or
- You are under 16. People who are 16 and 17 can join the
register. However, we may not offer you a tenancy until you are
Before we make a decision, we will take all your circumstances
We aim to tell you in 20 working days if you can join the
register. If we cannot meet this timescale we will write and let
If you do not agree with any decision we make about your housing
application, you can appeal. For further information visit How to appeal against a
Berneslai Homes decision.
How do I apply to join the register?
What sort of tenancy will I be offered?
Visit the Types of Tenancy page for more
I have or a member of my household has a physical or
mental health medical condition. How do I apply for medical
If you are already on the housing register or have just made an
application to join the housing register and you or a member of
your household has a physical or mental health condition you can
apply for medical priority using our online medical self assessment
form. We would only give priority to people who are at risk in
their current home and whose circumstances could be improved by
To apply for medical priority you will need to complete one of
our self assessment medical forms. You can obtain a form:
What should i do if when i am on the housing register my
You need to keep us informed as soon as possible if any of your
circumstances change as changes could affect the priority your
If your circumstances change for example you move to a new home,
give birth to a child, you should complete and return one of our
change of circumstances forms.
You can obtain a change of circumstances form:
What type of properties can I
You will only be eligible for properties that are suitable for
the size of your family. You can download the
table which shows you how we normally decide on the
number of bedrooms that you are eligible for.