Intermediate housing register
What is the intermediate housing register?
It can give you a solution if you can’t access social rented housing.
It helps people with low to average household incomes who find it hard to enter or move within the housing market.
It can also help households who find it hard to afford rent or are unable to buy a home with a mortgage.
Who can apply?
You can apply if:
- you are a Tower Hamlets resident
- you have worked in Tower Hamlets for at least six months
How does it work?
Council policy ensures our residents (and workers who qualify) get the first chance to express interest in any new London Living Rent, Shared Ownership and other intermediate housing schemes built in the borough
You can join the register to get property details from the home building organisations. (You can tailor the details you get sent to what you need.)
In the first three months that any new scheme is marketed, only registered local eligible applicants will get details on the properties.
After that, if Tower Hamlets residents have not bought or rented the units, they will be offered out on the Greater London Authority (GLA) portal.
Are you guaranteed to be rehoused?
You are not guaranteed to be rehoused as this this register is not a waiting list.
It helps you to find a home you are interested in. It lets you get priority viewings before the homes are offered out more widely.
Is the register run by the council?
The register is not run by the council.
It offers homes that are built by organisations that we work with. They will be able to help with any questions you have about the properties.
Who is eligible to join the intermediate housing register?
Applicants are prioritised in this order:
a) Existing social housing tenants
b) Armed Forces personnel (serving military personnel and former members of the British Armed Forces discharged within the last 2 years)
c) Any Tower Hamlets resident
d) Non-Tower Hamlets residents who have been working in the borough for the past six months
What is the intermediate housing register process?
- Applicants in each band will be prioritised by the date of their interest registration.
- If there is a tie between two applicants in a banding, priority will be given to the applicant/household on the lowest income.
- Each scheme will have its own valuation and cost. Applicants need to show that they can afford the property. (There is no set minimum income for intermediate homes.)
- The process is managed by registered providers and developers. They’ll screen your application to check you can afford the property.
Access the intermediate housing register
What happens after you register your interest?
If properties are available, housing providers will email you details about them.
What happens if you don’t get any emails about properties?
If you do not get contacted, it is because nothing is available.
Please be aware demand is high, but supply is low.
Due to the many people that apply, housing providers will only contact applicants who have been shortlisted.
What do you need to bring for viewings?
If you're invited to view any intermediate homes, you will need to:
- Show at least two references. One must be from your current employer.
- Have enough savings to pay one month’s rent in advance.
- Have enough money to pay a rental (this could be up to one month’s rent in advance) or the home purchase deposit