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Housing register

There are currently three existing housing allocation schemes across West Northamptonshire; Daventry, South Northamptonshire and Northampton.

As of 1 April 2024, we will have implemented the new housing allocation scheme that will replace the three existing schemes.

At this time, if you are on one of the three housing registers you do not need to do anything and will remain on the housing register. You will be contacted closer to the time and instructed to re-apply to the new Housing Allocation Scheme. 

West Northamptonshire Housing Allocation Scheme consultation

We have consulted on a new draft West Northamptonshire Housing Allocation Scheme. The draft West Northamptonshire Housing Allocation Scheme will replace the existing three schemes, bringing it into one. Our draft scheme sets out in detail:

  • who is eligible and qualifies for social and affordable rented housing in West Northamptonshire
  • how applicants can apply for housing
  • how they are assessed
  • how properties are allocated

Apply to join the Housing Register

To register for Daventry housing register you will need to apply online. If you have any difficulties in completing an online application please email us at: [email protected] to request the link to apply online.

Please ensure you provide the necessary supporting documents with your application, as failure to upload these will result in your registration being delayed and in some cases your application will be closed.

Documents can be brought into our Lodge Road offices for copies to be taken.

Medical self-assessment

If you suffer from a medical condition or a disability which is affected by your current accommodation, or if you have current welfare issues you will also need to include this information when you complete the online application.

In accordance with the Housing Allocation Scheme adopted July 2017 (reviewed July 2019), medical needs may be taken into consideration on your application. It will depend on how your current accommodation affects your medical issues.

If you are having difficulty in your current property due to issues relating to illness or disability, you may qualify for assistance from our Care and Repair service.

Application process

Once your application has been processed you will be sent a letter. If you have been accepted to go onto the housing register your letter will detail your priority and the reasons we have given you that priority. It will advise you of the types of properties that you are entitled to register an interest in and your account or ‘Pin’ number that you will be able to use to access your housing register account online.

Once your application has been activated you can start to bid for properties you are eligible for. If you do not qualify to be registered you will be notified with detail of the reasons for refusal.

If you wish to make an appeal on either your eligibility to be registered, or your banding, you will be required to put your reasons in writing addressed to the Housing Options Manager within 21 days of the banding or refusal letter.

There is no council-owned housing in South Northamptonshire, but we do manage the housing register (waiting list) for a number of registered providers (housing associations). If you qualify for the housing register, we will nominate you to a registered provider, when they have a suitable property to let.

How to apply

  • You need to call us on 0300 126 7000 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) to find out if you qualify to join the housing register. If we think you qualify, we will tell you how to access our on-line application form
  • When you complete the application form online you will be asked to upload supporting documents, such as proof of identity
  • If you are unable to apply online, we will send you a paper application form
  • When we have all of the necessary information, we will assess your application
  • We will write and inform you of our decision. If you are not happy with the decision, you have the right to request a review

To qualify to join the housing register you need to have a local connection and a housing need.

  • You may have a local connection if you have lived in the area for 6 out of the last 12 months, or have previously lived here for 3 out of the last 5 years
  • We generally consider that you have a housing need if you have been asked to leave your home or your current home is not safe or suitable for you
  • There could be many reasons why you have a housing need - please call us to discuss

Housing application guide

All social housing in the district is owned and managed by Registered Providers (Housing Associations), such as Grand Union Housing Group. We operate a waiting list for social housing in the south Northamptonshire area. This is a 'traditional' waiting list, rather than a Choice Based Lettings bidding system. When a Registered Provider has a vacant home to let, they notify us and ask for the details of a potential applicant. We nominate the potential applicant who is at the top of the list for that size and type of property.

Choosing areas

You can choose the villages and towns in which you would like to be offered a home. Having the widest possible choice will extend your opportunities for housing.

Some homes may have local lettings policies which give priority to certain groups, such as people living locally or in employment. These local lettings policies override our usual policy when making nominations.

Let us know

If you’re already on the housing register and your circumstances have changed, such as:

  • any changes in your income or employment
  • your household composition
  • your current housing circumstances
  • any medical conditions which are adversely affected by your current accommodation

please call 0300 126 7000 to advise us.

You may be required to complete additional paperwork to enable us to update our records and re-assess your application.

To apply to rent a Council property in Northampton you will need to join the Housing Register. You will need to complete an online application form to join the Housing Register.

The form will ask you for information about your current housing situation. You will need to answer the questions as accurately as possible. This will take around 5 minutes to complete.

Missing documents

The quickest way to provide missing documents is by using our drop in service at the Guildhall One Stop Shop. Responses by e-mail can be delayed due to the high volumes we deal with daily.

If we do not receive all of the necessary documents within 28 days of your application being received, this could result in it being cancelled.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further assistance.

View our frequently asked questions about the housing register.

A member of our Applications Team will contact you after your application has been assessed.

There is no need to contact us in this time unless there is a change of circumstances that may affect your application. If there is a change, please email [email protected] to let us know.

If you qualify we will write to you with details of:

  • your housing registration number (HRN)
  • your band
  • your housing registration date
  • the types of properties you can bid for


You can find out more about the types of properties we manage, the number of applicants on the housing register and how many properties are sold to Right To Buy on our housing statistics page.

This information is updated quarterly.

Last updated 10 November 2023