Three Rivers District Council operates a Choice Based Lettings allocations scheme in partnership with Hertsmere Borough Council, St Albans District Council, Watford Borough Council and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.
To apply for social housing, you need to complete the Housing Register Application Form. You can apply online through the Herts Choice Homes website
You should only complete an application to the housing register if you have carried out the Housing Options questionnaire and your resultant Action Plan indicates that Social Housing is a suitable option.
The Questionnaire will take around ten minutes to complete and can be accessed here.
Further information including how Choice Based Lettings operates can also be found on the Herts Choice Homes website.
If you are already on the Three Rivers Housing Needs Register and your circumstances change you do not need to complete a new application form. Just complete the relevant sections of a Change of Circumstances Form and supply documented proof of the change.
Change of Circumstances Form (pdf)
Unfortunately due to a very high demand for and lack of social housing, only applicants with a high housing need are likely to be allocated social housing, and renting in the private sector is a realistic option for many people.
Information on the private sector can be found here.
Our full allocations policy can be see below.
Housing Allocations Policy 2013 (pdf)
Important Changes from 25th October 2013
The Welfare Reform Act 2012 announced that from 1 April 2013 the rules for the size of accommodation Housing Benefit will pay for properties in the private sector will also apply to social tenants of working age.
As a result Three Rivers District Council amended the Housing Allocations Policy to align bedroom eligibility with that of the Government's Housing Benefit in August 2013.
To reflect these amendments and the changing demand for social housing within the district, Three Rivers District Council is amending the Housing Allocations Policy to reassess the priority awarded to applicants requiring a larger property.
Please click here to see the changes to the priority awarded for some households on the housing register with effect from 25th October 2013.
Mutual Exchange of social housing
What is mutual exchange of social rented housing?
Mutual Exchange gives existing local authority or housing association tenants the opportunity to 'swap' properties with other existing social housing tenants to an area of your choice.
How can I find someone to exchange with?
Three Rivers District Council does not operate a mutual exchange program, however if you are interested in a mutual exchange you can register with Homeswapper.
Homeswapper is available for a minimal fee, however if your landlord is registered with Homeswapper the service is free.
For further information please contact the Customer Service Centre on 01923 776611