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Eligibility for a council home

This is a general list of eligible groups , for more detailed information or advice on your circumstances, contact your nearest customer service centre.


Eligible groups


  • UK citizens who have passed or are exempt from the Habitual Residence Test
  • Irish national who have passed or are exempt from the Habitual Residence Test
  • Commonwealth citizens with the right of abode who have passed or are exempt from the Habitual Residence Test
  • EEA nationals exercising treaty right
  • Carers of UK national children in full time education
  • All non ineligible EEA nationals
  • Refugees
  • People with indefinite leave to remain , who are not sponsored and have passed the Habitual Residence Test
  • Humanitarian protection

Ineligible groups

  • UK citizens who have failed the Habitual Residence Test
  • Irish citizens who have failed the Habitual Residence Test
  • Commonwealth citizens with the right of abode who have failed Habitual Residence Test
  • EEA nationals with an initial right to residence
  • EEA seeking work
  • EEA nationals with permanent right of residency who have failed the Habitual Residence Test
  • Illegal immigrants/overstayers
  • Person with visas
  • Persons with no recourse to public funds
  • Persons with indefinite leave and sponsored
  • Person with indefinite leave, not sponsored but have failed the Habitual Residence Test

This information has been taken from the Allocation of Housing and Homelessness Regulations 2006; regulations 3 – 6 and is correct as of 28 August 2012.