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Apply for council housing

We have approximately 13,000 council properties.  The properties that become vacant are allocated to people on our waiting list. The waiting list is based on a person's housing need.

Our waiting list has over 6,600 people on it - including direct applicants, transfers and homeless applicants.

Admission to the waiting list

If you are aged 16 years or over you can apply for housing.

You can apply for housing online.

The online system called Apply4Homes allows you to apply to up to five different social landlords in one go in Aberdeenshire and Moray. Since it's launch, Apply4Homes has been hugely successful with several thousand applicants using the system. If you do not have access to the internet you can make application over the phone. Please call 03456 08 12 03 to apply.

If you need any further information, or you need housing or homeless advice please phone or visit your local Housing office.

Housing need assessment form

If you, or a member of your household, have any medical conditions which result in a functional impairment that could be improved by moving to other accommodation and you have applied for housing, please log into your Apply4Homes application, check that you have selected Aberdeenshire Council as a landlord and that you have specified that you have a medical condition that is being affected by your current housing. At the end of your application, please select "Complete Medical Form".

If you have any difficulty in completing your application we are here to help you. You may wish to contact your local Housing office for help or to make an appointment for someone to help you with the form.

Once you have completed the form, it will be sent securely to the local housing office dealing with your application.

How are the properties allocated?

On 1 April 2013 we introduced a new allocation policy which means applicants are awarded a banding reflecting their housing need.

When tenants are selected for houses, priority is given to people who:

  • are occupying houses which do not meet the tolerable standard
  • are occupying overcrowded houses
  • have large families
  • are living under unsatisfactory housing conditions
  • are homeless or threatened with homelessness

In some areas, properties do not become vacant very often - for example in Westhill and Stonehaven. Family sized accommodation is in particularly short supply.

Housing advice for migrant workers


If you are from an ethnic minority community, or have recently moved here from another country, and are looking for information and advice about housing in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire please contact your local housing office. Ask the housing options staff about the translation services that are available to help you get the advice you need.