Housing - Self help guide

Social housing in Coventry

Our social housing stock was all transferred to Citizen Housing (previously Whitefriars/WM Housing), in 2000. This means that Coventry City Council does not own any housing of its own, and all the social housing in the city is owned by housing associations.

Social Housing is becoming increasingly hard to gain access to due to substantial increases in demand over the past few years, coming from all areas of the city. Over the past five years, there has been a year-on-year fall in the number of social properties becoming available in the city.

Social housing in Coventry is generally concentrated in a few areas, rather than being equally spread out across all areas of the city. Areas with the highest density of social housing, and therefore the areas where you will be more likely to find a suitable property, are Willenhall, Tile Hill, Wyken, Bell Green, Hillfields, and Henley Green.

There are also several high-demand areas of the city, which have very small amounts of social housing, with very few properties being made available each year. Some of these sought-after areas include Earlsdon, Allesley, Chapelfields, and Coundon. For reference, in the last two years:

  • There has been a total of 1 social property let in Chapelfields
  • There has been a total of 3 social properties let in Allesley
  • There has been a total of 10 social properties let in Earlsdon
  • There has been a total of 18 properties let in Coundon

It is important to keep this information in mind when you are considering where in the city you will realistically be able to find a social property. Your housing officer will give you the opportunity to specify several preferred areas of the city to live in once you begin your homeless application, however, we will always recommend that you are flexible with your choices. It is also important to keep in mind that there is no guarantee you will ever be housed in these areas, if at all, so you must be open to living across the city if you want a social property.

If you are accepted as homeless you will be made one offer of a property that could be in any area of the city and is likely to be in an area with the greatest supply.

In addition to the points above, the figures below outline the situation in more detail:

  • During the year 2019/20 there were just 1146 properties advertised on Coventry Homefinder, and there are currently around 14,000 households on the waiting list bidding for these properties.
  • Only 347 (30%) of the properties advertised on Homefinder last year were houses.
  • Only 206 (17%) of all properties advertised last year were properties with three or more bedrooms. This compares to a total of around 3350 families currently waiting for a property of this size.
  • Only 143 (12%) of properties advertised last year were bungalows (7%) and maisonettes (5%)
  • The average number of bids for a social property last year was 191.
  • The property with the highest number of bids last year was a two-bedroom house in Longford, which received nearly 850 bids. Houses tend to get by far the most bids.

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