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Step 1 - Registration


You will be able to apply for properties through Ideal Choice Homes if you have registered on the Lancaster City Council housing register. For details of who can to apply to join the housing register click Who Can Use the Service.

The quickest and easiest way to apply to join the housing register is to complete an online application form. You can do that by clicking here. If you are not able to apply online and would like a paper application form, please contact us and we will send you one.

Once you have been accepted on to the housing register we will write to tell you:

  • Your housing application number
  • The band your application has been placed in and your priority date. Click Prioritising Applications for more information.
  • The number of bedrooms you are entitled to.

You must tell us if there are any changes in your circumstances so that we can reassess your application and if necessary make changes to your band and priority date.

Once you have received your application number you can start placing bids for available properties.

Property Size

Applications will be assessed to determine the size of the property that their household requires. You will only be eligible for properties that are suitable for the size of your family. 

When assessing bedroom requirements it is considered that a bedroom is suitable for:

  • Two adults living together as a couple
  • A single person over the age of 16
  • One or two males under the age of 16
  • One or two females under the age of 16 

Go to the Publications and Documents page for detailed information about how your need for housing will be assessed.

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