To apply for housing in North Hertfordshire, you need to join the Common Housing Register at Home4U.
The North Hertfordshire Housing Partnership is responsible for operating the Common Housing Register and Choice Based Lettings of social housing throughout North Hertfordshire. The Partnership includes the Council and the largest landlords of affordable housing in the district, North Hertfordshire Homes and Howard Cottage Housing Association.
Once you have applied to join the housing register, you have 14 days to supply all the required documents. Please send photocopies only - original documents cannot be returned to you (this includes passports, driving licences, birth certificates etc). If you do not send all the required copies within 14 days, we will not proceed with your application.
If you need help with applying to join the housing register, contact North Hertfordshire Homes or Howard Cottage Housing Association if you are one of their tenants. Otherwise contact us on 01462 474000 for advice and assistance.
If you have medical issues which affect your housing, please download and complete the medical assessment form. Print and send completed medical forms, together with the medical evidence required, to the same office as your housing application Medical Assessment Form (below).
Who can apply
Anyone aged 16 or over is eligible to apply for housing. However, as there is very high demand, many applicants will not have sufficient priority to be offered social housing. However, our Housing Advice / Renting Privately pages give information on alternative options.
If you do not have a local connection to North Hertfordshire, or you don’t have a need for social housing, you are unlikely to be accepted on to the housing register.
The only exceptions are for people aged 55 years or over with a support need, looking for retirement living (sheltered housing). For other types of housing, you need to have a local connection to North Hertfordshire. This means that you:
- have been continuously resident by choice in the district for the last 12 months; or
- are a current or former member of the Armed Forces and the application is made within five years of discharge; or
- are the bereaved spouse or civil partner of a member of the armed forces leaving service family accommodation following the death of their spouse or partner; or
- have an immediate family member, (this would normally be their mother, father, brother, sister or adult child), resident in the district. Their residence must be by choice and have been so for a minimum of 5 years; or
- have permanent employment in the district;
- or are a former asylum seeker who has occupied accommodation provided by NASS in the district; or
- have another special reason why they need to live in the district
Change of circumstances
Once you are registered on the housing register it is your responsibility to notify North Herts Housing Partnership of any change in your circumstances (e.g. if you have a baby, change your job, move house etc).
If you change address you need to complete a new housing application form with details of your new property.
Please download the form below giving the change of address details, along with photocopied evidence of your new address (e.g. copy of bills showing your name and new address). Please also send a copy of your tenancy agreement if applicable, to the organisation that you originally applied to join the housing register i.e. NHDC (at PO Box 480, M33 0DE), North Hertfordshire Homes or Howard Cottage Housing Association