The Housing Register

To join the housing register applicants need to satisfy certain criteria relating to their local connection to the district, their suitability as a tenant, and whether or not they have a need for housing.

In order for us to ascertain whether you are eligible to apply, you must first speak to a member of the council's Housing Options team, either face to face or over the phone. This will enable us to discuss with you your current situation, provide advice on any matters that might help you in your existing accommodation, and discuss the different housing options available to you.

We also provide sheltered housing for people over 62, or those under 62 who would benefit from living in the communal environment that Sheltered Housing provides. The household must have an assessed need for the support that is provided in sheltered accommodation. We are not able to let a property to households that do not meet the criteria.

Criteria for Joining the Housing Register

Households may not be able to access the register because they:

  • are not eligible (due to immigration status);
  • do not have a housing need;
  • have a history of anti-social behaviour;
  • do not have a local connection to the district;
  • are homeowners;
  • have housing related debt e.g. rent arrears, mortgage arrears
  • have enough income/savings to secure a property to rent or purchase.

    This list is not exhaustive. Further details can be made available on request.

    Housing Association Properties

    In addition to allocating council housing, South Holland District Council also allocates housing association accommodation. When you apply to the housing register, you will be considered for accommodation through both types of providers.

    Priority Status on the Housing Register

    Applicants are placed in one of three 'priority bands' based on their housing need - high band, medium band or low band. For as long as you remain on the register and your circumstances remain the same, your banding will not change.

    The council will award 'additional' preference to those who meet certain criteria. In order to qualify for additional preference, broadly speaking applicants must demonstrate the following:

    • That they or a member of their household completes unpaid voluntary work within their community.
    • That they or a member of their household are serving or former serving members of the armed forces, with the latter having left with forces within five years of application to the register.
    • That they are a bereaved spouse of a member of the armed forces.

    We are unable to say when you will be offered a property. Increasing your selection of property types and locations may increase your chances of being offered a property - you can now ask to be considered for accommodation anywhere in the district.

    I am an existing council tenant or a tenant of a local housing association (e.g. South Holland District Council, Longhurst and Havelock) and would like to move. What do I need to do?

    You cannot join the register unless you have a need to move house (e.g. a wish to down size, a need for a bigger property due to overcrowding) and have the support of your landlord.

    In the first instance, you will need to contact your landlord to confirm that they support your request to join our register. (Sheltered Housing tenants will need to speak to the Sheltered Housing Team on 01775 761161). You will then need to discuss your housing situation with a member of the Housing Options Team to establish whether you can apply to the register. Advice will be given about all housing options available including the housing register. These options can be discussed over the phone or face to face at the Council Offices, Spalding.

    You can also consider a mutual exchange (swap) with another tenant. More information is available at

    Where can I find more information?

     Icon for pdf South Holland Allocations Policy [949.04KB] explains how the council works when allocating homes.

    Icon for pdf South Holland Area Map [108.14KB]

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