Thurrock Council has launched a consultation asking residents for their views on the council's housing allocation policy.
The consultation is part of a root and branch review of the policy which determines how council homes are allocated across the borough.
It is the first major overhaul in the policy for nearly five years and follows a number of changes to the law governing how local authorities decide who should get priority for housing.
Cllr Barry Johnson, portfolio holder for housing, said: "It is important that our housing allocation policy is thoroughly reviewed to ensure that it’s fit for purpose and complies with the law.
"This consultation will give all residents an opportunity to make their voice heard on this important issue and play a part in making sure that our updated housing allocation policy reflects their views on who can register for a council home and who should get priority.
"I'd urge every resident to look at the council's website and let us have their views."
You can have your say on the housing allocation policy at thurrock.gov.uk/say