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How to apply for social housing

To apply to join the Housing Needs Register you will first need to register on the Homechoice website to get your unique reference number. Once registered you must then complete and submit the on-line application form by clicking on the Apply for Social Housing link on the Social Housing tab on your account page. 

You will be asked to provide your national insurance number, details about your address history, landlord details, your income and benefits, and any relevant welfare or medical information, so please have these ready before you start.

To enable us to accurately assess your application you must provide Housing Services with the supporting documents and ID within 14 days of submitting your on-line application. If you do not provide this information your application will be cancelled

These documents can now be uploaded as part of your social housing application or by using Upload/ Review Documents" link on your account page

A list of the required documents can be viewed here.

Once you have submitted the on-line application and provided the required documents we will process your application to consider whether you are eligible and qualify and if so, assess your housing needs. It may take up to 8 weeks to assess your application. You will then receive a letter advising if you have been accepted onto the Housing Needs Register. If you have been accepted this lettter will tell you the band you have been placed in, your band /effective date,  your registeration date, your bedroom entitlement  and your logging in details for the website.

Handy tips and guidance on how to register and complete an on-line application are available on the Help tab above.

If you need help completing the on-line form please contact Housing Services on 01372 732000 or email