Launch of online housing register

People looking for a home in Aberdeenshire and Moray can now register their details with up to nine different social landlords at the same time through a new website launched today (Thursday) at Aberdeenshire Council.

The nine partners include local authorities and housing associations.

Approximately 7,000 people are on the waiting list for housing in Aberdeenshire. Around 15,000 people on waiting lists in Aberdeenshire and Moray have been contacted by letter so that they can now apply for housing online.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s social work and housing committee, Councillor Karen Clark said: “This system is the result of some real commitment, collaboration and dedication and will make such a difference to people who need housing in Aberdeenshire.

“I look forward to seeing the project take shape.”

The Common Housing Register, known as apply4homes, will allow anyone looking to apply for housing with any of the partners to complete just one application form, as opposed to one form per housing provider.

To use Apply4Homes people can register their details at www.apply4homes.org.uk and will then be contacted by all the partners who they apply to.

Those without internet access can visit local libraries or internet cafés and staff at any of the partner organisations can also provide assistance.

Information entered onto the website is held securely and will be used to assess housing needs.

The partners involved in the project are: Aberdeenshire Council, The Moray Council, Grampian Housing Association, Langstane Housing Association, Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership, Moray Housing Partnership, Castlehill Housing Association, Tenants First Housing Co-operative, and Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association.