Quick guide

Homesearch is the Council’s housing allocation scheme.  You can choose where you want to live and tell us what sort of home you’re looking for.   

Homes are advertised on our website to the housing need groups.  They are offered to the people in the most housing need who have been waiting the longest.  

This is how it works:


Homesearch is for local people who need a home and can’t afford to buy or rent privately.  You can join Homesearch if you can say yes to these questions:


Housing need depends on where you are living and why you need to move.  Some social and supported housing tenants get housing need because their home is needed by others.  We assess housing need and place your application in one of these three groups.  This is a summary of the groups: