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How do I apply for a Council home?

To apply for a council home you will need to complete an online Housing Application Form. All applicants must be eligible and 18 years or older. 

If you are applying using a Leicester City Council computer, please use this online Housing Application Form.



The application process

  • Once we have received your completed housing application form and decided you are eligible to go onto the Housing Register, we will place you in one of five bands depending on your current housing circumstances.
  • We will write to you letting you know which band you have been placed in as well as the date and reason for the band placement.


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Who can join the housing register?

To join the housing register, you must be an eligible person and meet the Leicester City Requirement. You need to satisfy at least ONE of the following:


  • Have lived within Leicester City and have been living within the City for at least 12 consecutive months prior to making your application to go on the Housing Register.
  • Be employed within Leicester City – or have a firm job offer with a contract of employment for at least 12 months.
  • Have previously lived in Leicester City for two consecutive years out of the last five years.
  • Be someone who is approved in Leicester as being owed a duty of care as a homeless person.

Read more on how how council housing is allocated.

Leicester HomeChoice

Leicester City Council has a choice based lettings scheme, called Leicester HomeChoice.  This means vacant properties are advertised each week.  Once you are on the housing register you will need to apply for homes to be considered for them.  You will NOT be offered a home unless you apply through Leicester HomeChoice.


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How to Contact Us

Housing Options Centre
Phoenix House
1 King Street
Leicester LE1 6RN (Please note: public access is via Welford Place)

Telephone: 0116 454 1008 (see opening times below)
Fax: 0116 254 6905
Online enquiry form

Office open:

  • 9am - 4pm (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
  • 1pm - 4pm (Tuesday)


Phone lines open:

  • 9am - 5pm (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday)
  • 1pm - 5pm (Tuesday)
  • 9am - 4.30pm (Friday)
  • 10am - 1pm (Saturday)

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