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Find a home

Housing Options

There are several options for finding a home in the Borough including renting privately, purchasing a home on the open market or buying an affordable home. You may also qualify for a social or affordable rented home through the Council’s Choice Based Lettings Scheme, Homesearch  

Renting Privately

There are lots of things to consider when you are looking to rent privately. The Council may be able to help you to find a private rented home, however the following link provides lots of useful information to help you make sure your new home is safe and affordable.

If you find a suitable home and need assistance with up-front costs the Council may be able to help.

Find out more about private renting, your rights and responsibilities on the website

If you are already a private rented tenant, further advice on dealing with a rent increase can be found on the Citizens Advice website. 


Affordable Home Ownership

The Council negotiates an element of affordable home ownership on most new housing developments in the Borough to assist people on low incomes to get onto the property ladder. This includes shared ownership and First Homes which are available to applicants qualifying for the scheme.  Re-sales of these homes are advertised in the same way as homes for sale on the open market.

For more information on shared ownership, go to: Help to Buy Midlands and London

For more information on First Homes and to see if you qualify go to our First Homes Scheme webpage.


Choice Based Lettings

The Council no longer owns it’s own housing stock, however the Council works in partnership with registered housing providers to advertise and let homes on the Council’s Choice Based Letting’s Scheme, Homesearch .

Unfortunately there is a shortage of social and affordable rented homes in the Borough and there will be a significant wait for most types of accommodation.

You may be able to apply to join the scheme if you meet certain criteria.If you are eligible, have a housing need and lived in the Borough for the last three full years or work in the Borough for more than 16 hours a week for the last three full years you may qualify to join the scheme. There are other ways to qualify. For more information please see the Council’s Allocations Policy.

Apply for housing through Homesearch

You can apply to join Homesearch through the Homesearch website.

You will need to provide proof of identification and supporting documents to enable your application to be processed. These can be uploaded directly when you make your application.

If you do not have access to the internet you can attend the Council Offices at the Civic Centre in Arnold and self-serve terminals are available for customers to use and there will be an advisor available to assist if help is needed. If you are unable to leave your home, you can call the Council for assistance on 0115 9013901.

If you live in another area of the Borough and are able to attend the following venues, you will be able to ask for assistance to apply and upload your documents:

Carlton - Main Street Methodist Church, Carlton Hill, NG4 1EE every Tuesday 12:00 to 14:30

The Calverton Core every last Thursday of the month 9:00am until 15:00 for a GBC advisor but the Core do offer a service where they can help residents complete forms on other days.

Newstead – You can attend the Newstead Centre on Thursdays at 1pm to 4pm and assistance will be available.

Contact Us

By email:

Telephone: 0115 901 3901