Cheshire Homechoice logoApply for rented social housing in Cheshire East

Cheshire East does not have any council housing of its own and does not operate its own council housing waiting list. However, it is partnered with Guinness, Plus Dane and Cheshire Peaks and Plains Housing Trusts, who advertise affordable rented properties (referred to as 'social housing') via a website called Cheshire Homechoice. Housing applications can be made through the Homechoice website.

Apply for social housing through Cheshire Homechoice

  1. Firstly you need to register on Cheshire Homechoice (if you are not confident about using the internet you can contact us on 0300 123 5017 Option 1 and we can help you).
  2. You may be asked to supply supporting evidence before your application and access to Cheshire Homechoice is activated. Any delays in providing the information requested may delay your access to housing.
  3. Search for rented social housing on Cheshire Homechoice. You can opt to view all available social housing, or search specific areas or types of housing using the detailed search options lower down on the page.
  4. You can bid (express an interest) for up to two properties at a time. The landlord of the property will assess the people in most housing need first to see If the household is suited to that home. They may then be given a final interview and an opportunity to view the home. More evidence of your circumstances and ability to afford the rent may be conducted before you are offered a home
  5. If you accept the offer of a tenancy on a home the landlord for the property will guide you through the paperwork.

How social housing applications are assessed

Each application for social housing is assessed and awarded a priority banding between A and E, A being the highest and most urgent priority. You can view the social housing allocations policy (PDF, 384KB) to see how properties are allocated in Cheshire East.

Other options for finding rented accommodation

  • Not all Housing Associations are partners with Cheshire Homechoice so you can also refer to other Housing Associations with social housing to rent in the Borough. These will have their own application process
  • The following landlords are currently committed to advertising 100% of their homes on the Cheshire Homechoice Website:
    Adactus
    Arcon
    Aspire Housing
    Equity Housing Group
    Great Places Housing Group
    Peaks & Plains Housing Trust
    Plus Dane Group
    Sage Housing
    Southway Housing Trust
    Staffordshire Housing Association
    The Guinness Partnership
    The Regenda Group
    The Riverside Group
    Trafford Housing Trust
    Weaver Vale Housing Trust
    Your Housing Group
  • You could also consider private rented accommodation if you are ineligible for social housing (or can't find something suitable)