Apply for social housing in the Craven area

Find out how to apply to the housing register for rented accommodation.

We are a member of the North Yorkshire Choice Based Lettings Partnership, along with our partner housing associations. We have a common housing register called North Yorkshire Home Choice. You can find out more on the North Yorkshire Home Choice website.

How to register for North Yorkshire Home Choice

The quickest and easiest way to register is online via the North Yorkshire Home Choice website.

You can also complete a paper application form, which you can download from the website. 

Some households do not qualify to join the register, so we recommend that you check the policy before you apply. 

Full details about qualifications and exclusions can be found on the North Yorkshire Home Choice website, along with general information about how the scheme works and how applications are prioritised.

 You can read the allocation policy here (pdf / 536 KB)

Other housing associations and their waiting lists

Most rented social housing in Craven is advertised through the North Yorkshire Home Choice website. However, some housing associations hold their own waiting lists and have their own lettings policies.

Accommodation for people aged over 55

Organisation Website Telephone Location of housing stock
The Abbeyfield Society Abbeyfield Society 01727 857536 Skipton and Settle
Anchor Retirement Homes Anchor 0800 731 2020 Skipton, Settle and Glusburn / Cross Hills
Butterfield Homes   01422 244788 Cross Hills
Together Housing Association Together Housing 0300 555 5557 Skipton
Housing and Care 21 Housing 21 0370 192 4000 Settle, Skipton and Bentham
Lune Valley Housing Association Lune Valley 0300 111 1133 Gargrave and Ingleton

Charities that provide alms house accommodation to older people on a low income

Organisation Website or contact Telephone Location of property
James Knowles Trust Email:   Long Preston
Skipton Town Council Heap Parkinson Homes Skipton Town Council website 01756 700553 Skipton
Staincliffe Housing Association   01756 752086 Grassington
Spences Hospital Charity Contact: Richard Machin 01282 843332 Carleton
Smith and Crowther Almshouse Charity Email: 01282 843259 Thornton in Craven

Waiting list information

As of October 2021, there are 574 people on the waiting list. Applicants have waited an average of 510 days to be housed.

The biggest demand for housing remains in Skipton.

The average waiting time for accommodation varies depending on the banding awarded. Those in gold band waited, on average, 90 days from the date of banding. Those in silver band 265 days, those in bronze band 454 days.

As you can see, we cannot help everyone but the more areas and property types you are willing to consider, the more chance you will have of being re-housed with us.