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.
Your application will be assessed according to our Christchurch and East Dorset Allocations Policy 2013 (pdf, 563kb) (opens in a new window) . Other criteria will still be used to assess applications under the previous East Dorset Housing Allocations Policy (2006) (pdf, 250kb) (opens in a new window) until the new banding system is introduced towards the end of 2014.
Over the course of the next 12 months we will be applying the same criteria to existing applicants and working towards introducing a new online registering system.
We have put together a summary of changes under the new Housing Allocations Policy (pdf, 246kb) (opens in a new window) .
We do not have any of our own council housing and all our housing is provided by housing associations, also known as registered providers.
Before you can apply to go on to the housing register you will need to contact us so that we can assess your eligibility and provide housing advice. Once we have completed that initial assessment, if we feel that you do meet the criteria, we will ask you to complete an application form.
We use choice based lettings to allocate vacancies. In East Dorset, choice based lettings is known as Homefinder (opens in a new window) . Our list of current properties you can bid for are on the Homefinder link. Homefinder Dorset is a new way of finding a home to rent, it lets you apply for a home of your choice instead of having to wait for somewhere somebody else thinks is suitable.