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Applying for housing

​​​​​We work with the main Housing Associations in Cardiff to help people find an affordable home in the city. We have a common waiting list for council and housing association properties, but also offer advice about other options.


The Cardiff Housing website​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​​ has been developed to help you look at all the options available to you.


It explains how the waiting list works and tells you how many properties were let in each area of the city in the last year. This will help you work out the likelihood of being offered a home in your chosen area.


The site also has information on:

  • renting privately, and
  • assisted home ownership schemes.


How to apply


To make an online application please visit the Housing Online Portal.​

To find out more information or make a housing application please contact the Housing Waiting List Team by calling 029 2053 7111 (option 1).

Who can apply?


Anyone aged 16 years or over can apply for housing in Cardiff.  Some applicants may not be allowed onto the waiting list due to:

  • anti-social behaviour,
  • immigration status, or
  • certain criminal convictions. 


We offer all applicants housing advice to help you decide whether applying to join the common waiting list is the best option, and whether you are likely to be offered a home in the near future.


Our Housing Allocation Scheme


We have a limited number of homes to rent, so we have a set of rules to help us decide who we should offer these to. This helps us make sure that we help people with the greatest housing need first. It also makes sure that applicants have a choice about where they want to live.   


Find out more about How we let our homes (128kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window​​ 

Download Cardiff Housing Allocation Scheme (616kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

Local Letting Initiatives


We also use slightly different rules called 'Local Lettings Initiatives' where we need to address issues in a particular area.


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