Housing register

The housing register is our register of people who would like to live in a council or housing association home. To apply to be on the housing register you must be 18 or over.

If we accept you on our active register you will be able to view and apply for properties that you are eligible for.

We made changes to our Housing Allocations Policy on 1 April 2018, when we removed the Deferred Register of applicants who were entitled to apply for housing, but had no realistic chance of being allocated a home. We wrote to everyone on the Deferred Register to advise that their application would be considered in line with the new policy. We also advertised this on our social media pages and the Moving with Dacorum website.

Applying for properties is often referred to as ‘bidding’ on properties. If you are not on the register you are not able to bid.

Applying to the housing register

For more information, see applying for a home.

To apply to the housing register, please visit the Moving with Dacorum website

If you are accepted then you will be allocated a number of points depending on your circumstances.  This is explained in our Housing Allocations Policy (see below). Properties are offered based on housing need. We represent housing need by awarding points.

Changes to our Housing Allocations Policy

We have brought in some further changes to our Housing Allocations Policy. The greatest demand for any housing type in Dacorum is for one and two-bedroom general needs properties. So as not to inflate demand for this group, our policy now allows a separate bedroom to be allocated to each:

  • Married or cohabiting couple;
  • Adult aged 16 years or more;
  • Pair of children aged 0-15 years of the same sex; and
  • Pair of children aged under 5 years regardless of sex

We recognise both the above standard and the Government's 'bedroom standard', which allocates bedrooms to each:

  • Married or cohabiting couple;
  • Adult aged 21 years or more;
  • Pair of children aged 0-20 years of the same sex; and
  • Pair of children aged under 10 years regardless of sex

Households that fall between the two standards are now able to bid for properties in two size categories to provide maximum choice (for example, a family with a girl aged 4 and a boy aged 6 can bid on both two and three-bedroom properties).

As we now recognise two separate bedroom standards, household make-up will depend on the choice made by a family. 


In recognition of the high demand for our two-bedroom properties, we also use our own bedroom standard to define overcrowding, which allocates rooms to different and same-sex siblings at earlier ages than the bedroom standard previously used, which came from the statutory Code of Guidance 2012. 

You can find out more about how the new policy works by downloading our  Housing Allocations Policy (PDF 1MB).

Social and housing association housing is in very high demand and there is not enough to house everyone who would like this type of housing. If you are thinking about applying to the housing register we suggest that you speak to our housing options team to get a realistic idea of how likely you are to be made an offer of housing. If this is not a realistic housing option for you, you can get more advice on meeting your housing need.

Further information

For more information, download our  Bedroom standards leaflet (PDF 508KB).