Eligibility and Restrictions

To be eligible to join the register you will need to meet a number of criteria. This criterion has been introduced following a change in law (the Localism Act 2011) which allows local authorities to have more control over who can apply.

Please note the below is offered as a brief synopsis of the restrictions, should you wish to view the full restrictions please see West Northamptonshire Council’s Housing Allocation Scheme adopted July 2017 (as amended January 2020).


You will not be eligible to register

  • If you do not have a local connection within Daventry District
  • If you own your own home and have no priority to be re-housed
  • If you have income or assets sufficient enough to access other housing options.


16 and 17 year olds

Subject to being eligible to register, you must also be 16 years of age or over. Applicants who are 16 or 17 years of age will be asked to provide a rental guarantor. This needs to be someone who can accept the responsibility of being able to pay rent or unreasonable damage to a property in case the applicant is unable to do so in addition to their own commitments.

Anti-Social Behaviour

If an applicant or a member of their household is guilty of unacceptable behaviour, the application may not be registered on the grounds that they would not be a suitable tenant for a registered provider. However each application will be assessed on its own merits, taking into consideration the seriousness of anti-social behaviour, unacceptable or abusive behaviour towards council staff, past rental issues including arrears and damage, and convictions.


Rent Arrears

Providing that you are eligible to register, if you have arrears or any other housing related debt with either a private or social landlord your application will only be actively considered if:


  • The arrears are below £1000, and
  • You have an arrangement already in place to repay the arrears, and
  • You have already paid a minimum of 3 months regular instalments

We will require proof of the above from your landlord. If you have not provided it at the time of registration you will be asked to provide it before your application is made active.


False Information

It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly give false information, or withhold information from the council that has been reasonably requested. A person guilty of this may be fined up to £5,000 and banned from the housing register for a period of time.


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