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Housing laws vary between England and Scotland. Get advice relating to Scotland
Find out more about who is eligible for council housing, how to apply for council housing and how the council decides who to house first.
If you need housing immediately – for example, if you are about to be evicted or have to leave in an emergency – the council may have a duty to house you straight away. Use our emergency housing rights checker to find out what you're entitled to.
Council housing is subject to eligibility and is not guaranteed. Use our information to see who is eligible for council housing.
Find out what information you should include when applying for council housing and what happens once you have applied to your council's housing department.
Choice-based lettings (CBL) are designed to introduce an element of choice for people who apply for council housing and housing association homes.
Find out how offers are made by a council's housing department and what you can do if you think the council accommodation being offered is unsuitable.
If you are unhappy with a decision about your application for council housing or a housing association home you may be able to challenge it.
Right to Buy is a scheme giving qualifying council tenants the opportunity to buy their council home. See our information about the Right to Buy scheme.