Who can apply?
Anyone aged 16 years or over has the right to join a housing register. You can apply as a single applicant, or with other people (joint application).
You can choose to be considered by all the landlords on the North Ayrshire Housing Register (NAHR):
Before completing your form, please read the housing application guide (PDF, 4.15mb). It tells you:
- which landlords have houses in which letting area
- where the different house types and sizes are located
- what proof you need to provide with your application
If you apply online, you will need to fill in an Online Application Declaration (PDF, 24kb) which authorises us to request tenancy references from your landlord. This is only needed if your current or previous landlord (last 3 years) is not an NAHR landlord.
The North Ayrshire Housing Register (NAHR)
The NAHR is a shared (or common) housing register. This is where 2 or more landlords agree to have a shared pool of housing applicants that they let their houses to. This means that people don't need to fill in a form for each landlord.
The NAHR is the council and 3 housing associations:
- Cunninghame Housing Association
- Irvine Housing Association
These landlords own and manage around 98% of the social housing in North Ayrshire.
Housing need assessment
Your housing need is assessed in line with the North Ayrshire Housing Allocation Policy which is a shared (or common) allocation policy. It is a 'group plus points' policy.
Applications are placed in 1 of 7 groups and can be awarded points for various recognised housing needs. The allocation policy summary (PDF, 4.6mb) details the size of house you can apply for and how points are awarded.
Points are not awarded for the length of time you are on the housing register. However, if applicants in the same group have the same number of points the applicant with the oldest application will have the highest priority on a shortlist.
Health issues or disabilities
If you, or someone who lives with you, has a health issue or disability that affects the type of housing you need, you will need to complete and return an Accessible Housing Application (PDF, 497kb). Please use the Accessible Housing Guide (PDF, 914kb) while completing the form.
You should only fill in this form if:
- you have already filled in an Application for Housing
- your health issue or disability impacts on your ability to function independently within your current home
- a move to a different type or size of home would alleviate some, or all, of the difficulties caused within your current home
Qualified Occupational Therapists (OTs) assess all Accessible Housing applications.
It's not always necessary to visit you at home to complete the assessment. We may phone you for further information. We will notify you in writing of the decision.
You can collect applications from the local housing offices, or download the application (PDF, 497kb).
Your Accessible Housing award qualifies for review every 3 years. We will write to you informing you of this.
House allocating decisions
Each landlord has their own letting plan which is used to decide how many lets go to each of the 7 housing needs groups. You may contact the landlords to request a copy of their letting plan.
Council house allocations
Council houses are allocated by housing officers via the NAHR. When a property is available, applicants are shortlisted by greatest need to the suitability of the property. Properties are allocated strictly in terms of the policy and procedures. All allocations are checked by a second officer and 10% of allocations are audited regularly by a manager.
Suspending applicants from offers of housing
The NAHR has a shared (or common) suspension policy (PDF, 123kb). This is an agreed set of rules used to determine when not to offer housing to applicants, known as suspending applicants from offers of housing. This applies to applicants who have broken the terms of a current, or former, tenancy agreement with any social or private landlord and may include:
- rent arrears
- anti-social behaviour
- breaking the terms of a tenancy agreement.
If you are suspended from receiving offers of housing, you will be notified, by letter, of the reasons for the suspension, how long you will be suspended for and what you need to do to remove the suspension. You may wish to seek advice and assistance from our Debt Counselling Service.
Offer of housing from the NAHR
The prospect of receiving an offer will depend upon the following:
- the number of properties available for let
- your level of housing need compared to other applicants
- the landlords, letting areas and house types you have selected
Once we have received your application for housing, we will send you a letter detailing your group and points assessment. Please contact us to discuss your prospects for housing, we will tell you:
- what the availability is like for the house types and letting areas you have selected
- whether or not there is a realistic chance of receiving an offer
- what you can do to improve your prospects
- about other housing options
Demand for social housing in North Ayrshire outstrips supply, with around 5,500 applicants on the NAHR.