How to Get a Council House

2017
47:00

Series 4 Episode 1

3.0 4 x
Beverley and her son Zane, who has epilepsy, have fallen behind with their rent, partly because of welfare reforms. Swapna and her daughter face eviction from the converted shed that they rent.
47:10

Series 3 Episode 3

3.0 0 x
Simon's landlord wants his property back and Simon can't afford a new place. But the council can't give him a house unless he proves he doesn't own the home where his estranged wife and children live.
47:10

Series 3 Episode 2

3.0 6 x
More and more people seek social housing on medical grounds, but in Portsmouth most of the housing stock is over 50 years old and not designed for people with complex medical needs
47:10

Series 3 Episode 1

3.0 0 x
Gordon, who's 61, is homeless but is classed as low priority. Lauren and Luke think there's a bias towards immigrants. Romanian Vasile tries to hold down a job while sleeping on the streets.
46:26

Series 4 Episode 4

3.0 4 x
Shayne has to climb through a window to get into his bedsit. Piotr lives in a mouldy garage. This episode meets people on low incomes who have to rent their home privately.
46:25

Series 4 Episode 3

3.0 7 x
This episode meets people who've come to the UK from abroad and have no option but to turn to the council for housing. But getting a council house isn't easy, even if you're facing homelessness.
47:03

Series 4 Episode 2

3.0 5 x
While Hounslow Council tries to curb its spiralling temporary accommodation bill, this episode meets families living in inadequate housing or being turned away without help
Episodes 2015
47:18

Series 1 Episode 3

3.0 5 x
This episode focuses on Tower Hamlets' Homeless service, the A and E of the council's housing department. Every year, 3300 people come here claiming to be in urgent need of a new home.
47:18

Series 1 Episode 1

3.0 7 x
This episode follows some of the council officers and families in Tower Hamlets in East London. Each week there are 24,000 people hoping to get one of just 40 properties available.
47:11

Series 2 Episode 2

3.0 8 x
The Tower Hamlets housing office is facing a relentless stream of homelessness. In 2013, 8500 individuals came to the council's emergency housing department claiming to be in urgent need of help.
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