Apply for a house

What happens next

We may contact you if we require further information. If you are a former or current social landlord tenant, we may contact the landlord for a reference.

Once we have all the information, we can assess your housing needs and give you a score based on our Highland Housing Register Allocations Policy.

It is important that you tell us of any changes in your circumstances so the register can accurately reflect your housing need.

How properties are allocated

When a property becomes available, the landlord produces a shortlist of applicants from the Highland Housing Register.

Because people apply all the time, shortlists can change from day to day. This means your position on the list can change.

Based on the points awarded under our policy, each property is allocated to the applicant who has the greatest need for that type and size of property in the community they have chosen.

How long you may have to wait

We allocate based on housing need and not how long someone has been waiting for a house. We may recommend you widen your areas of preference and your preferred property types to help increase your chances of being allocated a home.

Staff from any of the partner landlord offices can give you housing advice on what may be available. This can help inform the choice of areas you make on your application.  For more information, please see our housing prospects page.

Staying on the housing application list

If you have received a letter from us about re-registering, tell us if you want to remain on the list or be taken off.

Re-register to remain on housing list