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Apply for housing

Our aim is to help you explore the wide range of housing options available to you. Not everyone is eligible to apply for social housing in Eastbourne or Lewes and we do not have enough houses for all of the applicants on our waiting list, so it is important we help you make the best housing choice based on your own personal circumstances.

Each council has separate council housing stock and have separate waiting lists for their properties.

It is important to note that: 

  • You will only be able to apply for council housing in Lewes if you are currently a Lewes resident or have a local connection. See the information under the Lewes District Council heading to find out more.
  • You will only be able to apply for council housing in Eastbourne if you are currently a resident in Eastbourne or have a connection to the local area. See the information under the Eastbourne Borough Council heading to find out more.

Complete our PDF housing register application form below to register for housing in the Lewes area.  You can return the form:

If you are applying for sheltered housing accommodation you will additionally need to print off and complete the medical and support needs assessment form.


If you are not a social housing tenant, you may register on our waiting list if you; 

  • have lived within the Lewes District at an address which has been your only or principal home, which is registered for Council Tax, and have done so for a continuous period of two years or more
  • have served in the Armed Forces within the previous 5 years you do not need a local connection to join our waiting list
  • are 60 years old or more, and wish to move to our district to be near your relatives, you may not require a local connection to join our waiting list

After registration

Once registered you can make bids for properties you are eligible for. The properties are all available to view on the Homemove website, along with further details about how to bid, and the banding of the available properties. 

All the bids for the properties are recorded in priority order by band, local connection and time on the register. In the case of rural properties we will allocate to the person who is highest on the shortlist, with a local connection to the village. Even if you are at the top of the list you may not be offered the property if you have outstanding rent arrears or a history of anti-social behaviour.

If you are successful in your bid for a property we will contact you to arrange a viewing. If you do not attend the viewing, or make alternative arrangements, we will treat this as a refusal. When you have viewed the property you will need to let us know by noon the next day if you are going to accept it. If we do not hear from you within this timescale we will treat this as a refusal and the property will be offered to the next applicant.

Fill in the online form to find out if you are eligible for housing within the Eastbourne area. If you are eligible for assistance, you will be asked to complete an online housing application form to register for housing in Eastbourne.

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You should have the following information ready when you complete the online self-assessment:   

  • your National Insurance (NI) number plus the NI numbers of anyone else included in your application   
  • details of anyone who lives in your current household/property
  • details of any income and benefits you receive
  • details of any regular bills you pay
  • proof of tenure, if relevant
  • notice of eviction, if relevant
  • any supporting medical information and contact details of those involved in your care 
  • the reason why you are applying for housing
  • any other information relevant to your application