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Apply for Social Housing

The council no longer owns or manages any council houses. When applying for housing, please remember that most people will be unsuccessful in finding suitable social housing and should consider all housing options available to them.

All social accommodation is managed by Housing Associations, known as Registered Providers.

Devon Home Choice is the choice-based letting system for councils in Devon. Rather than homes being allocated by the council, choice-based letting allows tenants and prospective tenants to bid for the available properties they are interested in.

Most people will not be successful in finding a suitable housing association property because demand far outweighs the supply.

Please consider all other housing options, such as low cost home ownership or privately renting particularly if you need to find a home quickly.

What is Devon Home Choice?

Affordable rented housing in West Devon is allocated through Devon Home Choice. Applicants to the Council's housing register are banded according to their housing need. Vacant properties are advertised weekly and applicants can choose to apply for up to three properties that they are eligible for each week.

Apply Online

You can apply online through Devon Home Choice and you will need the following information to hand when completing your application:

  • National Insurance numbers for anyone over 16 years old
  • Details of your previous addresses
  • Details of your Income and any savings

How it works

All available properties are advertised on Devon Home Choice. People looking for social housing in Devon can bid for homes via the website or by phone. The number to call to place a bid is 0845 402 7894*.

Help with applying

If you are unable to complete the form online yourself, you could ask a friend or relative who has internet access or you could visit your local library and use one of their computers.

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* For more information on call charges please see the Offcom publication Icon for pdf Number Crunching [55.14KB].