Series 2 Episode 3
First Broadcast: 1AM Wed 30 April 2014

With 20,000 households on Tower Hamlets' council house waiting list, and just 48 properties becoming available each week, this episode meets some of the households at the sharp end of the housing crisis, who are facing eviction, overcrowding, upheaval, uncertainty and, above all, a very long wait.

Many are forced to spend weeks living in small bed and breakfasts with shared bathrooms; others are spending up to a decade in 'temporary' accommodation and facing eviction when they decline to move into permanent properties that they don't find suitable for their needs.

This doesn't include the countless other individuals who are failing to get any kind of council accommodation, and are at the mercy of private landlords.

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    1. S1-Ep1: Who Gets The House? This video is a clip S1-Ep1: Who Gets The House? Video duration: 1:28 minutes

      A number of council tenants compete for the same council house. Watch How to Get a Council House Series 1 Episode 1
    2. S1-Ep2: Bedroom Tax This video is a clip S1-Ep2: Bedroom Tax Video duration: 1:38 minutes

      Former fishmonger Alan is facing up to the impact of the bedroom tax on council tenants Watch How to Get a Council House Series 1 Episode 2
    3. S1-Ep3: Emergencies This video is a clip S1-Ep3: Emergencies Video duration: 1:33 minutes

      Inside the harsh world of ermergency housing Watch How to Get a Council House Series 1 Episode 3
    1. S2-Ep1: Priority List This video is a intro S2-Ep1: Priority List Video duration: 1:28 minutes

      Project officer Brian discusses the demand for housing in the Tower Hamlets borough Watch How to Get a Council House Series 2 Episode 1
    2. S2-Ep2: Eviction Warning This video is a intro S2-Ep2: Eviction Warning Video duration: 2:01 minutes

      Single mother Jenelle discusses her housing situation Watch How to Get a Council House Series 2 Episode 2
    3. S2-Ep2: Riches to Rags This video is a clip S2-Ep2: Riches to Rags Video duration: 1:50 minutes

      Nelson receives disappointing news from the council Watch How to Get a Council House Series 2 Episode 2
    4. S2-Ep3: First Viewing This video is a intro S2-Ep3: First Viewing Video duration: 2:06 minutes

      After 10 years on the waiting list, local resident Dean finally gets the opportunity to view a property Watch How to Get a Council House Series 2 Episode 3
    5. S2-Ep3: Limited Space This video is a clip S2-Ep3: Limited Space Video duration: 1:42 minutes

      Young father Sherrif discuss his struggle living in a B&B with his partner and baby Watch How to Get a Council House Series 2 Episode 3

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