Social Rented Housing

Most social rented housing is accessed through Home-Options, the Choice Based Lettings scheme for the Amber Valley area. 

Social landlords advertise their available properties on the Home Options website. You can then search for a property that meets your needs, in a place where you want to live.

Properties are let in order of the priority banding given to a household based on their circumstances and then by longest time spent in that band. All properties are let according to the allocations policy.

How do I apply?

The easiest way to apply is by using the online application form, this will take around 20-25 minutes to complete. However if you are unable to do this please call 01773 841372 to discuss other options.  

Before you start your application, you will need:

  • your National Insurance number
  • details of your address(es) over the past five years
  • a phone number or email address

Please provide as much information as possible, and send in any requested documents promptly so that your application can be dealt with quickly. When we have all the information we need from you, we will write to you to let you know your application is 'live', and what priority banding you have been given.

You can find out more information about applying on the Home-Options website.

How does it work?

If you are interested in an available property which is being advertised for let, you can place a 'bid' on the property. Properties can be advertised from any day of the week, and are available to have bids placed on them for at least 7 days. The property is normally offered to the person who has bid on it who is in the highest priority band, or who has been in that band for the longest time if there is more than one person. You can only bid on 3 properties at one time and you should only bid on properties that meet your needs and that you would like to live in.

Please note that you will not be considered for any property unless you actively place a bid for it.  If you do not wish to use the internet to place bids, you can also place bids by telephone on 01773 841372.

How long will it take to get a property?

Not everyone who applies will be successful in their search for social rented housing as there are many more people applying than here are socially rented homes.

It is difficult to say how long it may take for you to be allocated a property; it depends on many factors such as:

  • your priority band
  • the size, and needs of your household
  • how flexible you are about the area that you would like to live and the type of home that you are prepared to live in
  • whether you place as many bids as you able or whether you bid infrequently.

We will tell you what your chances are as you complete your application.

As a guide, please see the lettings data below for 2016:

Type / Size

   No. of Lets

   Shortest wait

   Longest wait

    Average wait

Sheltered accomm.


14 days

9 years

8 months

Studio general needs


7 weeks

14 months

4 months

1-bed general needs


6 days

11 years

10 months

2-bed flat or maisonette


3 days

9 years

7 months

2-bed house


14 days

7 years

7 months

3-bed flat or maisonette


4 months

7 years

32 months

3-bed house


10 days

6 years

7 months



3 months

14 months

9 months


Amber Valley Borough Council transferred all of its housing stock in 2003 to the provider now known as Futures Housing Group. They are the largest provider of socially rented accommodation in Amber Valley.

Other providers of social housing

The majority of social housing in Amber valley is allocated through the Home-Options Choice Based Lettings process; however you can apply directly to some housing providers for some properties.


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