Applying For Housing

When Grove offers tenancies they are allocated through the Common Selection Scheme.

This provides a single gateway into social housing in Northern Ireland, whether homes are owned and managed by the Housing Executive or any of the housing associations operating in Northern Ireland.

The Housing Executive is responsible for carrying out all assessments for Grove, both for new applicants and for transfers. They will ensure that you are eligible for social rented housing and they will arrange a visit or telephone interview to assess your circumstances.

Applying from within Northern Ireland?

If you are applying for housing and currently live in Northern Ireland, you can download the Housing/Transfer Application Form or obtain a form from any Housing Executive or housing association office by telephoning or calling into an office. You can contact the Housing Executive on 03448 920 900 for them to send out a form or to take your application over the phone.

If you think you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless you should contact the Housing Executive as soon as possible on 03448 920 900.

Download the Housing/Transfer Application form

What if I live outside Northern Ireland?

Your eligibility for housing in Northern Ireland and your housing needs will be assessed in the same way as any other applicant. However, as the Housing Executive cannot carry out a visit, you will need to complete the Housing Transfer Application and Self-Assessment form, or contact the Housing Executive on 03448 920 900 to discuss.

Download the Housing/transfer application and self-assessment form 

What to do next

Please return the completed form to any Housing Executive office, or return it to your nearest housing association office for forwarding to the Housing Executive.

How your application is assessed

You will be assessed by the Housing Executive and if eligible, you may be awarded points according to your housing need. Your position on the waiting list is based on the points you receive. Points are awarded under a number of categories:

Intimidation – points may be awarded if you are at serious and imminent risk and require immediate rehousing.

Insecurity of Tenure – if you are homeless or threatened with homelessness. The level of points depends on your particular circumstances.

Housing Conditions – points may be awarded for poor housing circumstances both in terms of physical conditions and the degree of sharing/overcrowding being experienced.

Health/Social wellbeing assessment – points may be awarded for a range of health and social well-being circumstances. These include issues in relation to mobility in your existing home as well as any social, support and care needs you may have.

Points awarded under any of these categories will decide your position on the waiting list. You will be informed of your points total in writing.