How the Housing Selection Scheme works
Updated: 20 Aug 2017
The Housing Selection Scheme is governed by a set of rules which are approved by the Department for Social Development.
- Download the Housing Selection Scheme Rules ( 672 KB)
The Scheme applies to accommodation owned by participating landlords (except where it is let on a temporary basis). We have published a booklet which summarises the rules of the Scheme. You can get a copy by contacting any Housing Executive or housing association office, or by downloading it from the link below.
- Download the Housing Selection Scheme booklet ( 322 KB)
A booklet summarising the rules of the Scheme is also available with a Polish translation:
Aims of the Scheme
The Scheme has been created to be fair and open and to give applicants a choice in where they wish to live. Anyone applying under this scheme will be:
- registered on the Common Waiting List
- allocated property according to the rules of the Scheme.
To apply, you must meet certain requirements. Generally you should be 18 years old at the date of application, though in certain circumstances you may still be eligible if you are at least 16 years old.
There is further advice available for persons from abroad (European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals) and persons subject to immigration control (Non- EEA Nationals).
Please contact us, if you are in any doubt as to whether you would meet the requirements. We will investigate the eligibility of everyone who applies for housing. This will include deciding if:
- you are a person from abroad who is not entitled to housing assistance, or
- you, or a member of your household, has been guilty of unacceptable behaviour.