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Renting a council property

How are properties allocated?

When a property becomes vacant it is offered to people on our waiting list.

When we offer properties to prospective tenants we give preference to people who:

  • are occupying houses which don't meet tolerable living standards
  • are occupying overcrowded houses
  • have large families
  • are homeless or are threatened with homelessness
  • are living under unsatisfactory housing conditions

What sort of properties do you have?

We've approximately 13,000 properties across Aberdeenshire. These vary in size from bedsits and small flats to larger family homes. There's significant demand for our properties with long waiting lists in most areas and few properties becoming vacant. So most applicants don't get an offer of a council property.

Our waiting list and relets information shows the number of people on the waiting list and how many properties were re-let in each area:

How much rent will I have to pay?

The rent you'll pay for a council property varies according to the characteristics of the property.

Our average rent information shows the average weekly rents by town and property size, as at 31 March 2018:

How do I apply for a council property?

You can apply for housing using our online housing application form. You only need to complete one application for housing.

If you'd like to find out more about the admission to the waiting list and the allocation process please go to out How do I apply section. If you need any more information or you need housing or homeless advice please phone or visit your local Housing office.

What happens once I have applied?

When we receive your application we'll check the information you've given. We may need to contact you for additional supporting information or ask for references from previous landlords.

When we're satisfied that the information provided is accurate your application is placed on the waiting list according to your housing need. Your housing need is worked out by an assessment of your current individual circumstances, including how you're coping in your current accommodation.

Our allocation policy sets out how houses are allocated based on an assessment of housing need.