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Who can apply

For access to North Yorkshire Home Choice , you will need to submit a housing application so that we can confirm that you are eligible for social housing, qualify for access to the housing register and assess your housing needs. Please read our Privacy Notice before you provide your personal information.

Who is Eligible

Any UK resident aged 16 or over may be apply to join the register.

Applicants aged 16 and 17 (and Care Leavers) will be only be accepted if they have support to enable them to sustain a tenancy and a trustee who can hold a tenancy on their behalf until they reach the age of 18.

Who is Not

Applicants who  are subject to certain aspects of immigration control, who do not have or cannot prove they have recourse to public funds or those who are not habitual residents.


If you are eligible to apply to the register then you must meet the qualification criteria for the NYHC Housing Register and have a local connection to the area.

Local Connection

  • currently live in the partnership area and have been resident for at least 6 out of the last 12 months; or

  • have lived within the partnership area for at least 3 years out of the last 5 years; or

  • are employed in the partnership area. Employment is defined as meaningful permanent full or part time. Not casual or seasonal.

  • have an essential need to live close to another person, to provide or receive care or support, who currently lives in the partnership area, and who has been resident for the last 5 years

  • has a close family member residing in the partnership area that has done so for the last 5 years. (mother, father, adult son, adult daughter, adult brother, adult sister):

  • one of the partner local authorities has accepted a duty to house the applicant from another council under the terms of Housing Act 1996 part 7.

  • People who need to move to a particular locality in the partnership area, where failure to meet that need would cause hardship (to themselves or others) and that will resolve this need.

Who does not Qualify

Certain applicants may not qualify to join the housing register and these include persons;

  • with anti social behaviour issues
  • with rent arrears
  • with no local connection to the partnership area (HM Forces personnel are advised to contact their local housing office for further advice)
  • home-owners with no assessed housing need including those who can meet their own need with equity from their property, this includes renting in the private sector
  • who have a combined household income and/or savings of £60000 plus
  • who have deliberately worsened their housing circumstances
  • who have provided false and/or deliberately withheld information
  • those applicants who have been disqualified for the specified period of time