Housing register

The housing register is our register of people who would like to live in a council or housing association home. To apply to be on the housing register you must be 18 or over.

If we accept you on our active register you will be able to view and apply for properties that you are eligible for.

Applying for properties is often referred to as ‘bidding’ on properties. If you are not on the register you are not able to bid.

Applying to the housing register

For more information, see applying for a home.

To apply to the housing register, visit www.movingwithdacorum.org.uk

If you are accepted then you will be allocated a number of points depending on your circumstances.  This is explained in our Housing Allocations Policy (see below). Properties are offered based on housing need. We represent housing need by awarding points.

Changes to our Housing Allocations Policy

We have brought in some further changes to our Housing Allocations Policy. The greatest demand for any housing type in Dacorum is for one and two-bedroom general needs properties. So as not to inflate demand for this group, our policy now allows a separate bedroom to be allocated to each:
  • Married or cohabiting couple;
  • Adult aged 16 years or more;
  • Pair of children aged 0-15 years of the same sex; and
  • Pair of children aged under 5 years regardless of sex

We recognise both the above standard and the Government's 'bedroom standard', which allocates bedrooms to each:

  • Married or cohabiting couple;
  • Adult aged 21 years or more;
  • Pair of children aged 0-20 years of the same sex; and
  • Pair of children aged under 10 years regardless of sex

Households that fall between the two standards are now able to bid for properties in two size categories to provide maximum choice (for example, a family with a girl aged 4 and a boy aged 6 can bid on both two and three-bedroom properties).

As we now recognise two separate bedroom standards, household make-up will depend on the choice made by a family. 

Overcrowding

In recognition of the high demand for our two-bedroom properties, we also use our own bedroom standard to define overcrowding, which allocates rooms to different and same-sex siblings at earlier ages than the bedroom standard previously used, which came from the statutory Code of Guidance 2012. 

You can find out more about how the new policy works by downloading our  Housing Allocations Policy 2016 (PDF 514KB)

Social and housing association housing is in very high demand and there is not enough to house everyone who would like this type of housing. If you are thinking about applying to the housing register we suggest that you speak to our housing options team to get a realistic idea of how likely you are to be made an offer of housing. If this is not a realistic housing option for you, you can get more advice on meeting your housing need.

Further information

For more information, you can download our leaflet:
 Bedroom standards information for council tenants and housing applicants (PDF 278KB)