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How to apply

Affordable Housing team provides low-cost housing for people in housing need.

We have homes across the entire East Midlands, which incorporates 27 Local Authorities. The way in which you apply for one of our available properties varies from area to area.

In order to find out how to apply for a property in your area of choice, please look at Where our homes are and there will be guidance for applications depending on the Local Authority scheme.

NCHA has a small amount of properties available to rent directly without going via a Local Authority. These properties are listed in available properties.

Choice based lettings

In the majority of areas that we work in, properties are allocated via a choice based lettings system. This system allows applicants more say in which property they will be offered

  1. An application form is submitted to the Choice based lettings system or Local Authority provider for your area, either online, or through a paper application.
  2. Once your application has been approved, you will receive a bidding reference and a banding priority.
  3. All available properties in the area you are registered will be listed either online or in a newspaper for one or two weeks. During this time, you can bid for properties you are eligible for (no more than three at a time).
  4. When a property listing ends, a list of everyone who has applied will be generated. The successful applicant will usually be the person with the highest priority, and they will be contacted to discuss the next stages of the application process.

The application process

If you have successfully applied for an NCHA property, the following will happen:

  1. Details of the successful applicant/s are passed to our Allocations team. This may be a single application or a short-list of applications.
  2. The applicant with the highest priority and who meets the criteria, is contacted by telephone to make arrangements for a pre-offer interview (pre-tenancy assessment interview), which will take place either at the property, our office, or in your own home.
  3. During the pre-offer interview, we will gather information regarding the household, your housing history, individual housing needs, and an affordability assessment will be carried out. This will be followed by landlord references, housing benefit assessments (where appropriate) and a credit check.
  4. Once we are happy with the information collected, we will contact the applicant to make an offer of accommodation and arrange for a date to sign the tenancy agreement.

Click here to view NCHA’s full Allocations Policy.