How the Housing Selection Scheme works

Updated: 22 Feb 2019
The scheme is fair and open and offers a choice of where to live
Housing Executive property, Carrickfergus
The Housing Selection Scheme is governed by a set of rules which are approved by the Department for Communities.
The Scheme applies to accommodation owned by participating landlords (except where it is let on a temporary basis). We have published a booklet which summarises the rules of the Scheme. You can get a copy by contacting any Housing Executive or housing association office, or by downloading it from the link below.
A booklet summarising the rules of the Scheme is also available with a Polish translation:

Aims of the Scheme

The Scheme has been created to be fair and open and to give applicants a choice in where they wish to live. Anyone applying under this scheme will be:
  • assessed
  • registered on the Common Waiting List
  • allocated property according to the rules of the Scheme.


To apply, you must meet certain requirements. Generally you should be 18 years old at the date of application, though in certain circumstances you may still be eligible if you are at least 16 years old.
There is further advice available for persons from abroad (European Economic Area (EEA) Nationals) and persons subject to immigration control (Non- EEA Nationals).
Please contact us, if you are in any doubt as to whether you would meet the requirements. We will investigate the eligibility of everyone who applies for housing. This will include deciding if:
  • you are a person from abroad who is not entitled to housing assistance, or
  • you, or a member of your household, has been guilty of unacceptable behaviour.