Find a home in Trafford

We have developed an improved choice based lettings service, called Trafford Home Search. The scheme gives you more choice when you are looking for your new home in Trafford. You will be able to register, bid for a property, and make changes to your application.

Brought to you by Housing Options Service Trafford (HOST), Trafford Home Search aims to give new and current tenants greater choice.

Registering for housing and finding a home

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Whether you are already a resident of Trafford, the Greater Manchester area, or from further afield, HOST have a range of services to help you find your new home.

How are properties allocated?

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HOST are responsible for ensuring the fair and transparent allocation of social housing (based on greatest need of applicants) on behalf of Trafford Council. This is achieved via the Council’s Allocations Scheme which sets out how its ‘nominated’ properties will be allocated fairly and transparently to people on the housing register. Applicants on the housing register are placed in a category group based on their housing need.

How much will it cost?

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This depends on the type of property (house or flat), the number of bedrooms, and whether it is furnished or unfurnished. Visit the Leaflet Library of the Trafford Home Search website for more information.

How do I apply for a property?

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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.

How do I know if I will be offered a property?

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If your bid is successful you will be contacted by the landlord (Housing Association). If you are not contacted, you have not been successful and will need to continue bidding.

How can I increase my chances of finding a property?

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There is a shortage of social housing in Trafford and demand is high.

If you only bid for properties in an area where demand is high, or if your application has not been awarded a high category on the housing register, it will be more difficult to find a property.

You can improve your chances by:

  • Bidding for properties in a wider area
  • Apply directly to Housing Associations
  • Applying 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.

What are the benefits of Trafford Home Search?

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  • Property searching is easy. You can search using the map or search by property type.
  • You can bid for properties; on line, by texting, by telephone, by visiting our offices.
  • You can text us to bid for a property or to cancel your bid.
  • We can text you to let you know if a landlord has withdrawn a property that you have bid on, so you can change your bid to a different property.
  • If you are already a social housing tenant and you want to move home, you can swap properties, using the ‘mutual exchange’ option.
  • Upgraded security. You will be able to select your own passwords.
  • New applicants can register on line. You don’t need to complete and post a paper form. This speeds up the time it takes to register and start bidding for properties.
  • You can fully update your application on line such as; change of address, adding a new baby or other household members.
  • You can complete a medical form on line. It will be reviewed on line by our panel of experts and you can see the decision on-line. Again, you don’t need to complete and post a form. This will speed up the time it takes to get a decision on your medical application.
  • The system will inform you straight away if you need to provide evidence of your change of circumstances; such as a birth certificate for a new baby.
  • The system will match people to suitable properties, for example if you need an accessible or adapted property for medical reasons.
  • You can provisionally accept properties on-line – without having to make a phone call to the landlord.
  • You can view and print off all letters relating to your application.
  • You can monitor your bids to see your position on the list and the position on the list of the winning bidder.

Visit the Trafford Home Search website

Social housing

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We work closely with Housing Associations, also known as Registered Social Landlords or privately registered providers of social housing. They offer properties for affordable rent or ownership. Housing Associations do not make a profit. Any money they do make is put back into improving homes or building new ones. Trafford Council transferred its social housing (also known as Council houses) to Trafford Housing Trust (a Housing Association) in 2005.

Snug Bug Houseshare

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SnugBug is a house-sharing service which is available for people aged 18 – 34 who have a connection with Manchester.

Shared Accommodation

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A great housing option is to move into shared accommodation. There are lots of benefits of sharing accommodation as it can give the advantage of access to better quality accommodation, in an area of your choice as well as cutting your living costs.

Joint tenancies for single people 

Throughout Trafford there are lots of opportunities for you to share accommodation both in social housing and the private sector. These are available to single people who have joined together to apply for a joint tenancy.

What is a joint tenancy? 

A joint tenancy is where two or more people sign a tenancy agreement for accommodation either with a private landlord or a housing association. You will enjoy the same rights and privileges as other tenants.

What about the rent? 

Rents for properties vary depending on size, location etc. All tenants on the tenancy agreement are jointly responsible for paying the rent. This means the rent is payable in weekly or monthly amounts and not split equally between the joint tenants. You need to make sure you agree with each other how this is going to be split and paid. It is important that you choose people you know and trust to share your joint tenancy with.

What are the benefits of living in shared accommodation?

Social Interaction

Living with someone else offers good company and someone to share the responsibility of bills, setting up your home and keeping your property clean and tidy.


If you are moving to a new area that you are unfamiliar with sharing accommodation with someone else can help you settle in into your new environment.


Often shared accommodation is managed by private landlords. As there is a lot of private accommodation available in Trafford this gives you the choice on what area you want to live in.

Reduced living costs

Sharing with another person means that you can share the utility bills, rent, food and maintenance.

How do I find shared accommodation?

Trafford Home Search

You can submit a joint application on Trafford Home Search with a friend and apply for a property by bidding on the housing register for Trafford each week.

Housing Association lists 

You can register with individual housing associations and submit a joint application as they also run their own individual waiting lists.

Pinpoint and Pinpoint Express 

You can register with Pinpoint as well as search for properties on Pinpoint Express and apply for these as a joint application.  

Private accommodation 

You can look for private shared accommodation online, in local shops and local newspapers.

Useful websites:

What happens if I am homeless?

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In the event of becoming homeless, we will provide help and assistance for you. We operate a 24-hour homeless service every day of the year.

Related information: What happens if I am homeless?

If you are homeless or are concerned you may become homeless you should contact HOST.

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