You can apply for council housing through Barnet Homes who manage housing allocations on the Council's behalf. There are very few council and housing association properties available in Barnet and housing is allocated to those with the most urgent housing need, in line with the Housing allocations scheme 2019 (PDF)
Customers at risk of becoming homeless must contact us as soon as possible on 0208 359 4797. There is no waiting list or housing register. There is no application form for you to fill in.
If you are homeless
Barnet Homes runs an appointment-only service but if you are homeless you can ‘drop in’ to:
Barnet House, 1255 High Road,
Whetstone, London N20 0EJ
Telephone: 0208 359 4797
There are very few council and housing association properties available in Barnet and demand for housing far exceeds our supply. This means that:
- Our first priority will be to help you stay in your current home
- You may be offered a home in the private rented sector
- For most people the quickest and most effective way to solve your housing problem will be for you to find your own accommodation in the private rented sector. The private rented sector in Barnet is very expensive and if you are on a low income you may need to look for accommodation in areas which are more affordable for you.
- Social housing is allocated to those with the most urgent housing need, so most people will not qualify
- If you qualify for social housing we will make one reasonable offer of accommodation only. If you do not accept this, it is likely that we will not be able to help you further
You can read Barnet Council's full Housing allocations scheme 2019 (PDF)
If you are allocated a Council tenancy managed by Barnet Homes then you may be given a flexible tenancy or a secure tenancy.
Both secure and flexible tenants have many of the same rights, including:
- the right to exchange
- the right to consultation
- the right to repair
- the right to buy
The main difference is that flexible tenants have their circumstances reviewed 8 months before the end of their tenancy to see if they still need the Council's help.
For example, flexible tenants may now have enough money to secure a home in the private rented sector, or they may still need to be housed by the Council but in smaller accommodation because they are under-occupying their current home.
If we decide you no longer need a Council tenancy, you will be given 6 months notice and we will support you to find alternative housing. If the tenant refuses to move then the normal eviction procedure will take effect.