Housing allocations in East Dorset
Information on housing allocations in the East Dorset area, including how to apply for social housing.
On 18 December 2013 Christchurch and East Dorset Councils adopted a new joint Housing Allocations Policy.
There is a shortage of affordable housing in our area and the demand far exceeds the supply. This means that it is not possible to house everyone who applies and that those with the most housing need will get the highest priority.
We do not have any of our own council housing and all our housing is provided by housing associations, also known as registered providers.
From 13 October 2014 we are joining the Dorset HomeChoice Scheme. In order to remain on the East Dorset register applicants need to re-register on the Dorset Homechoice website by completing an on line application from 13 October 2014 onwards. You can apply at Dorset HomeChoice. (opens in a new window)
Your application will be assessed according to the Christchurch and East Dorset Joint Housing Allocation Policy. (opens in a new window)
Until early December 2014 we are only accepting applications from applicants with an urgent housing need. These will be assessed under the new qualifying criteria and under the previous East Dorset Housing Allocations Policy (2006) (pdf, 250kb) (opens in a new window) until the new banding system introduced on 17 December 2014.
Current applicants registered on the East Dorset housing register can still bid for properties through the existing choice based lettings scheme currently used to allocate vacancies called Homefinder (opens in a new window). Our list of current properties you can bid for are on the Homefinder link. Homefinder will cease to operate on Monday 8 December 2014.
From 17 December 2014 all vacant properties in the East Dorset area will be advertised through Dorset Homechoice. (opens in a new window) This will mean that applicants will need to express an interest in properties they are eligible for by placing a bid. Further information can be found on Dorset HomeChoice (opens in a new window).