Applying for housing in Trafford

All available properties in Trafford are advertised through Trafford Home Search. The service is free, impartial and confidential. Brought to you by HOST (Housing Options Service Trafford) It allows you to register, bid for properties and make most amendments to your application. You can also find advice and assistance on housing and housing related issues.

Am I eligible to apply for housing from the Council?

We have in place an Allocation Scheme, which is a bid based scheme used to allocate most social housing in Trafford. The aim is to enable applicants to exercise a greater degree of choice in where they live compared to traditional housing allocations systems.

How do I apply?

You will need to register with Trafford Home Search. Here you will be able to register, bid for a property, and make changes to your application.

To make an application you will need to provide:

  • National Insurance number for yourself, your partner or joint applicant where applicable.
  • Names and dates of birth for everyone living at your current address whether they are moving with you or not.
  • Address history for the past 10 years for yourself and your partner where applicable.
  • Names and contact details for anyone supporting you.

You may also need to provide further information dependent upon the details of your application. See the Trafford Home Search website for further details.

After registering you can bid for a property and make changes to your application – this can be done online, using text or by visiting an office.

Please note that all bidding cycles run between Wednesday 10am and the following Sunday at midnight.

Increase your chances of finding a property

To increase your chances of finding a property bid for properties in a wider area. Apply directly to Housing Associations and apply for properties from private landlords.

Many Housing Associations have properties on their own housing register. To apply for these properties, you will need to register with the Housing Association. Some Housing Associations also advertise properties on Pinpoint.

The more Housing Associations you register with, the more chances you will have of finding a property.

HOST opening times

You can contact HOST by calling 0161 793 3252. The call centre opening times are:

HOST call centre opening times
DayAMPM

Wednesday

10am to 12.30

1.30 to 4pm

Thursdsay

10am to 12.30

1.30 to 4pm

Friday

10am to 12.30

1.30 to 4pm

Alternatively, you may come into the office and talk to someone face to face.The office at Sale Waterside, M33 7ZF is open during the following hours:

DayOpening timeClosing time

Monday

9am

5pm

Tuesday

9am

5pm

Wednesday

1pm

5pm

Thursday

9am

5pm

Friday

9am

5pm

Saturday and Sunday

Closed

You can also contact HOST via email at host@salford.gov.uk.

Please note that every Wednesday morning the service is closed for staff training and opens at 1pm.

If outside of these hours you become homeless, contact the Emergency Duty Team by telephoning 0800 218 2000.

As HOST is a busy service it may be difficult to get through on the phone. If you wish to email the HOST mailbox is checked regularly. All non-urgent enquiries will be responded to within 3 working days.

Interviews are conducted in private interview rooms and where necessary a same sex officer will be available to offer advice. We are also able to offer interpreters and signers and a mini-com service is available.

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