Apply for housing

Apply to join the Housing Register

The first step is to check your eligibility (link opens in new window) to see if you qualify. If you have started already, you can continue an application (link opens in new window).

If you qualify to join the housing register, you will be directed to an application form.

When you have completed the form, you will receive the information that you need to bid on properties. The Bedfordshire Homefinder (link opens in new window) website advertises these every fortnight.

If you are aged 50+, you may also qualify to join the older persons housing register.


If you are unhappy about any decision regarding your application, you have a right to appeal and have this decision reviewed. Please put your reasons in writing and send your appeal to or write to:

Housing Register
Central Bedfordshire Council
Priory House
Monks Walk
SG17 5TQ

If you have any queries or wish to discuss your application, please telephone the Housing Register Team on 0300 300 5080.

If you do not qualify for the Housing Register

If you do not qualify to join the Housing Register, details will be retained only for a period of one year for properties which are hard to let.

Occasionally and on an ad-hoc basis a particular type of property becomes available where a suitable tenant cannot be identified. These properties, which are hard to let, will be advertised and applicants who have previously applied to the housing register but do not qualify, can express an interest in these properties.

Housing associations may also be able to help you, as they maintain their own waiting lists.

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