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Applying for Council Housing

We manage around 22,000 homes. People wanting to be housed must apply to us and put their names on the housing register. Once you are accepted onto the register you can apply for suitable homes through Leicester HomeChoice.

Who can apply for housing?

You can apply for council housing provided you are over 18 years and in housing need e.g. you are living in overcrowded conditions or living in shared accommodation, and you are not excluded due to your immigration status or due to previous anti-social behaviour. 

You must also meet the Leicester City Requirement by satisfying at least one of the following:

  • Have lived within Leicester in settled accommodation for the last 12 consecutive months.
  • Have previously lived in Leicester for two consecutive years out of the last five years.
  • Be employed within Leicester or have a firm job offer with a contract of employment for at least 12 months.
  • Have been discharged from HM Forces within the last 5 years.
  • Be someone who is approved in Leicester as being owed a duty of care as a homeless person.


Who will get priority for housing?

The council uses a banding scheme that shows what priority you may be awarded. Your application will be assessed on your individual circumstances and you will be placed in one of four bands. If you are considered to be suitably housed you will not be accepted onto the Housing Register.
For more information you can view how council housing is allocated.

Find out if you are eligible

You will need to answer a few questions so we can determine whether your circumstances allow you to be accepted onto the Housing Register.
These questions should take no longer than 5 minutes to answer.
It is important to answer the questions as accurately as possible.
Important: You will not be able to access the online application form unless you are eligible for housing.
Start your application