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The process

If you want to find a home there is a specific process you need to follow, starting with getting on the Housing Register

The Housing Register

Anyone who applies for social housing in Northampton has the opportunity to join a common housing register, called the Northampton Housing Register. This is a list of everyone who is eligible to join the Register according to Northampton Borough Council's Allocation Policy.

The Register is a common register because it is shared by a number of social housing providers and accredited private sector rented landlords to make access to all social housing and affordable housing in Northampton as easy as possible. It provides for access by way of one joint application form.

To qualify to go onto the Housing Register you must be able to establish that you are eligible.

Once you are registered

When you join the Housing Register we write to you to let you know:  

  • your housing registration number (HRN)
  • your band
  • your housing registration date
  • the types of properties you can bid for

You will need to know your HRN to place bids for properties on the Your Home website .


After registering you will be allowed to bid for available properties on the Your Home website. If you successfully bid for a property, view it and decide to accept it, we will arrange an appointment to complete the paperwork necessary to begin your tenancy. This is called your sign-up and it is when one of our Housing Officers really gets involved.

Universal Credit

From the 23rd November 2015, Universal Credit will be rolled out across Northampton. Universal Credit will incorporate many in and out of work benefits, including Housing Benefit (rent payments). Prior to this, if you were in receipt of Housing Benefit and a social housing tenant, your rent will have been paid directly to your landlord on your behalf.

Under Universal Credit, your rent will be paid directly to you and it will be your responsibility to ensure that your Landlord receives it.

For more information about this, please click here.