Apply for Social Housing
The council no longer owns or manages any council houses.
All social accommodation is managed by Housing Associations, known as Registered Providers.
When applying for Social Housing, please remember that most people will not be successful, as there are more people looking for housing than there are homes available.
Please consider all other housing options, such as low cost home ownership or privately renting, particularly if you need to find a home quickly.
What is Devon Home Choice?
Devon Home Choice is the choice-based letting system for councils in Devon. Rather than homes being allocated by the Council, choice-based letting allows tenants and prospective tenants to bid for the available properties they are interested in.
Most people will not be successful in finding a suitable Housing Association property because demand far outweighs the supply.
Applicants are banded according to their housing need. Vacant properties are advertised weekly and applicants can choose to apply for up to three properties that they are eligible for each week.
How do I apply?
You can apply online through Devon Home Choice. You will need the following information to hand when completing your application:
- National Insurance numbers for anyone who will be living at the property who is over 16 years old;
- Details of your previous addresses;
- Details of your Income and any savings;
How does it work?
All available properties are advertised on Devon Home Choice. People looking for social housing in Devon can bid for homes via the website or by phone. The number to call to place a bid is 0845 402 7894*.
* For more information on call charges please see the OFCOM website.
I've heard bad things about Devon Home Choice?
Yes, so have we! There are many myths and misconceptions about Devon Home Choice - from most homes go to people from outside Devon to having to bid at exactly midnight on the website to improve your chance of getting a home. Nearly all of these are untrue.
You can read our Common Myths and Frequently Asked Questions to find the real answers to your questions.
Where can I get help with the form?
If you are unable to complete the form online yourself, you could ask a friend or relative who has internet access. You could also visit your local library and use one of their computers.
There are also public access computer available at our offices at Follaton House, Totnes. See How to Find our Offices for more information.