We match the type of property that is available with a suitable applicant. We then offer the property to the applicant with most points on the social housing waiting list.

How we allocate our homes

The Housing Executive and housing associations provide social rented housing in Northern Ireland. Together we are known as social landlords. If you apply for housing and we place you on the social housing waiting list we call you an "applicant".

When a property becomes available we look at the social housing waiting list for that area. We then offer it to the applicant with the highest number of points requiring that type of property. Some applicants may have an equal number of points.

We will then offer the property to the applicant who has been on the waiting list for the longest period of time. We base this on the date of their application.

When we offer you a property and you accept it, we call this an "allocation". We will not offer homes to anyone under 35 years old within some of our blocks of flats. This rule is part of the Housing Selection Scheme.

For more information:

There's more information in the leaflet 'How We Allocate Accommodation'.

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As a social housing landlord we may refuse to offer you a home for a limited period of time in some circumstances. Where we refuse to house applicants we call these 'disqualifications'.

We may do this in cases where you have:

  • rent arrears

  • abandoned a previous tenancy

  • lived illegally in one of our homes

  • been involved in anti-social behaviour

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