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Apply for council housing


Council housing in Gateshead is managed by The Gateshead Housing Company.

How to apply

1. Register with the housing scheme

To apply for council housing, you need to be registered with the Tyne and Wear Homes housing scheme.

  • Anyone over 16 years old can register. Applicants under 18 will have their needs assessed by a specialist team.
  • You will need to provide information including your national insurance number and details of previous tenancies.
  • After registering, you will be sent a letter within 10 working days with your application number, confirmation of your date of registration, and your banding status.

Once registered, you will be able to apply for housing in Gateshead, Newcastle, South Tyneside and North Tyneside.

Register with Tyne and Wear Homes

Register by post

Download and application form [1.1Mb] , complete it by hand and return it to your local housing office.

Register in person

You can also pick up a form from Housing Services at the Civic Centre.

2. Search for and bid on homes

Once you have registered, you can search for and bid on up to three properties per week. 

To search for a home, visit the Tyne and Wear Homes website:

Search for a home

3. What happens next

If you are successful, you will be contacted and given the opportunity to view the property.

If you are at the top of the list for more than one of the properties you bid for, you will be given 24 hours to decide if any are suitable. If you cannot be contacted, a decision will be made by a lettings officer.

You will not be contacted if your bid has not been successful.

You can also log in to your Tyne and Wear Homes account to check the position of any bids you placed on advertised properties. 

Due to the demand for housing, homes are allocated according to need. Find out more about how homes are allocated in Gateshead on The Gateshead Housing Company website.

Further information

The Gateshead Housing Company - applying for a home

The Gateshead Housing Company

Tyne and Wear Homes

Our lettings policy

Homelessness advice

Other ways to find a home

Other options include housing associations and private housing.

Contact us

The Gateshead Housing Company 
Civic Centre
Regent Street
NE8 1JN.

Phone: 0191 433 5353
Fax: 0191 433 5354

Housing Options Section
The Gateshead Housing Company
Civic Centre
Regent Street

Phone: 0191 433 3174