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What happens after my housing application is placed on Enfield’s Housing Register?

If your application for housing is successful and you are placed on Enfield’s Housing Register, you will be given access to our online bidding system, Home Connections.  You will then be able to choose and bid for Council or housing association homes advertised there.  Most Council and housing association homes are let through Home Connections.  If you do not use the bidding system to choose a Council or housing association home you would like to live in, the Council may choose a home for you instead and make you an offer of it. 

What sort of Council and housing association homes will I be able to bid for?

Realistically, most of the Council and housing association homes that become available for letting are flats on estates, and many of these are in high rise buildings.  Very few Council or housing association houses become available for letting. 

If you wish to live only in a house, rather than a flat or maisonette, you should consider other options such as renting privately or buying your own home.  See the options below.


• Renting Privately
• Help buying your home with a mortgage


If I am offered a Council or housing association home, what sort of tenancy will I be offered?

When homes are advertised on the bidding system, Home Connections, the advert shows what type of tenancy is being offered by the landlord.

The table below sets out the types of tenancy you could be offered by Enfield Council or housing associations who have homes in the borough.

For homes owned by Enfield Council For homes owned by Housing Associations
An Introductory tenancy

Housing applicants who have never held a tenancy with a Council or housing association before are given an introductory tenancy that lasts for 12 months.  Introductory tenancies are easily brought to an end if the tenant breaks the conditions of the tenancy at any time during the 12-month period.  Breaking the conditions of the tenancy means things like not paying rent, causing a nuisance or anti-social behaviour.   The law requires the courts to give possession of the home back to the Council if proof is provided that the tenant broke the conditions of their introductory tenancy. 

Existing tenants of Enfield Council or a housing association who have transferred to another home owned by Enfield Council are not given this type of tenancy

A Starter tenancy

Housing applicants who have never held a Council or housing association tenancy before are given a starter tenancy that lasts 12 months. Starter Tenancies are easily brought to an end if the tenant breaks the conditions of the tenancy at any time during the 12-month period.   Breaking the conditions of the tenancy means things like not paying rent, causing a nuisance or anti-social behaviour.   The law requires the courts to give possession of the home back to the housing association if proof is provided that the tenant broke the conditions of their starter tenancy. 

Existing tenants of Enfield Council or a housing association who have transferred to another home owned by a housing association are sometimes asked to sign a starter tenancy agreement.

A Secure Tenancy
This type of tenancy is given to a tenant by the Council after an Introductory Tenancy has ended and provided the tenant has kept to the tenancy conditions during its 12 month term.  

The rights and obligations of a secure tenancy are all set out in an Act of Parliament (the Housing Act 1985).  As long as a tenant keeps to the terms of the tenancy, they can remain for as long as they like. 

If the Council wants to repossess a secure tenancy, the courts have discretion about whether they give the home back to the Council.

An Assured Tenancy
This type of tenancy is given to a tenant by a housing association after a Starter Tenancy has ended provided the tenant has kept to the tenancy conditions during its 12 month term.  

Some of the rights and obligations for Assured Tenancies are set out in an Act of Parliament (The Housing Act 1988) but most of the terms and conditions in a housing association assured tenancy follow guidance from the regulator of housing associations, the Homes and Communities Agency.  As long as a tenant keeps to the terms of tenancy, they can remain for as long as they like. 

For some breaches of assured tenancy agreements, the courts have no discretion and have to give the home back to the housing association if proof is provided about the breach.


An Affordable rent tenancy


An affordable rent tenancy is a fixed term tenancy which means it lasts for a number of years, for example, 5 years or more.  The rent charged will often also be higher than rents normally charged for Council or housing association homes but not more than 80% of local market rents.  These tenancies can be renewed or brought to an end when the fixed term is finished. 



This page was last updated on 20-May-2014.

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