How to apply
You must complete a Housing/Transfer Application Form to apply for permanent accommodation from the Housing Executive or a housing association. All applicants, including people who have applied for a transfer, are assessed using the Common Selection Scheme.
Housing association and Housing Executive accommodation is known as social housing. There is one waiting list for social housing. When you first apply for social housing, your circumstances are assessed under the Selection Scheme and you are awarded points. You are then placed on the waiting list.
The length of time you have to wait for accommodation depends on how many points you are awarded, which areas you choose to live in and the size and type of accommodation you need.
How the scheme works
Use the Housing/Transfer Application Form to apply for permanent accommodation from the Housing Executive or a housing association. If you are currently a Housing Executive or housing association tenant you can apply for a transfer or arrange a swap with another tenant. More
Completing your application
The Housing/Transfer Application Form is used by the Housing Executive and housing associations for people who want to apply for social housing and for existing tenants who want to apply for a transfer. It's important that you fill this in truthfully as you could be evicted if you gain a house using incorrect or false information. More
What happens next?
Everyone who applies for permanent accommodation from the Housing Executive or a housing association is assessed using the same scheme. A Housing Officer will assess your application and award you points based on your personal circumstances. The more points you get the higher up the waiting list you are placed. The assessment process has four stages. More
Applying to live outside NI
If you are a Housing Executive or housing association tenant and have your landlord's permission you can use the website Homeswapper to look for a transfer outside of Northern Ireland. If you are not a Housing Executive or housing association tenant you must apply to the council in the area you want to live in. More
Applying from outside NI
You will only be able to apply for permanent accommodation in Northern Ireland if you meet the rules on eligibility. More