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How to make an application to the housing register in Craven for rented accommodation.



Craven District Council is a member of the North Yorkshire Choice Based Lettings Partnership, along with other North Yorkshire Local Authorities and our partner housing associations. We have a common housing register called North Yorkshire Home Choice.




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. For a copy of the policy click here.

Other Housing associations and their waiting lists

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

Below are the housing associations which have their own waiting lists and how to contact them.

Older persons accommodation (over 55s)

 Organisation Website Telephone  Location of housing stock
The Abbeyfield Society          01727 857536  Skipton and Settle                
Anchor Retirement Homes 0800 731 2020 Skipton, Settle and Glusburn/Cross Hills
Butterfield Homes   01422 244788  Cross Hills
Together Housing Association 0300 555 5557  Skipton
Housing&Care21 0370 192 4000          Settle, Skipton and Bentham
Lune Valley Housing Association 0300 111 1133  Gargrave and Ingleton

In addition, there are some charities that provide alms house accommodation to older persons who are on a low income.

 Organisation  Website Telephone  Location of Property 
James Knowles Trust             Email:    Long Preston

Skipton Town Council 
Heap-Parkinson Homes  01756 700553   Skipton
Staincliffe Housing Association    01756 752086  Grassington
Spences Hospital Charity  Contact: Richard Machin   01282 843332  Carleton
Smith and Crowther Almshouse Charity  01282 843259 Thornton in Craven


Waiting List Information

As of October 2021 there are 574 people on the waiting list.

Over the past 18 months, 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.

For information about properties available to buy, please go to our Low cost home ownership options web page.