Council housing

Do you qualify for housing in Bury?

If you would like to rent a council property you will need to apply to join our Housing Register.

How long will I have to wait?

There are a limited number of council properties becoming available each week. In February 2022 we had 1,544 households on the waiting list. These households have so far already been waiting on average:

  • 1 bed property - 359 days
  • 2 bed property - 397 days
  • 3 bed property - 535 days
  • 4 bed property - 710 days
  • 5 bed property - 809 days

Note: The council do not have any 5 bedroom properties in their stock. Applicants with a 5 bed need are able to bid on larger 4 bed properties that have a separate downstairs reception room.

You may be waiting a considerable amount of time for a council property and you should consider other options such as Housing Associations, private rent and affordable housing. Due to this we ask you to check whether you are eligible and qualify for housing in Bury before you complete an application form.

Check if you are eligible and qualify for council housing in Bury

Please note: If you are eligible you will be automatically redirected to the Housing Application Form however we recommend that you read the information and guidance on this page before you complete the application. You can download a the Council's Housing Allocation Policy at the bottom of this page.

What if I'm not eligible for Council Housing?

If you are not eligible there are other options for you to consider:

Private rented properties

Affordable housing

Housing associations

Contact for Housing Options