The wait for social housing in Southampton is very long, often five or more years. In addition to a long wait, social housing is not always the right option for everyone; if you want a specific property type or location, then social housing may not be a solution for you. Social housing does not exist in every area of the City, and not all property types are available.
Consider the other options that may be available to you:
If you are already a tenant of a Council or Housing Association, then a mutual exchange may be a quicker solution. Southampton City Council tenants as well as most Housing Associations tenants can join Homeswapper for free. You can also place adverts locally, e.g. newsagents, as well as on social networking sites such as Facebook - there are number of local and national mutual exchange groups you could join on-line.
Renting with a private landlord
Renting privately often provides a quicker solution, and can give you more choice of area and property type. There is more information available on how to look for a property here.
Shared ownership / discounted home ownership
If you are in employment, buying your own home may be an option. There are a number of schemes available that make home ownership a reality for more people. Visit www.helptobuyagent3.org.uk for more information and to register your interest.
Lodging / renting a room
Ask amongst family and friends to see if anyone has a spare room they will rent to you. You can also look on the internet on sites such as Gumtree for lodgings or shared houses. Renting a room is often a more affordable option if you are a single person, while you look for / save up for your own home. There is more information available here.
Stay where you are
You may want to move, and have reasons for doing so, but often staying in your current home to give you time to plan a suitable move is the best option.
Emergency housing options and assistance
If you have been asked to leave your current home, or if you are at risk where you live, then please look here for more information and advice. The earlier you ask for help, the more time we have to explore your housing options with you and find a solution.