Affordable housing

The majority of social and affordable housing to rent in North Northamptonshire is accessed through the Council’s housing register.

If you think you may qualify for affordable housing in North Northamptonshire you can register a Keyways housing application at Our Keyways team will assess your application in line with the Keyways housing allocation scheme and notify you as to whether you qualify to access the housing register, and if so, what priority is awarded to your application.

There is a high demand for affordable housing in North Northamptonshire which cannot be fully met from available properties through the housing register. This can result in long waiting times and mean that some applicants are unlikely to receive an offer of social housing.

Customers interested in affordable housing may therefore wish to consider other housing options in North Northamptonshire. Our Keyways team, and Housing Options team can provide you with further information and advice relating to your own personal circumstances. 

Renting in the private sector

Private rented accommodation is usually the easiest, quickest, and most convenient route for people to find a home. There are lots of private lets in North Northamptonshire and the benefits of renting privately include properties usually being available immediately, as well as giving you greater choice over where you live.

We encourage you to register with as many local letting agencies as possible and keep in weekly contact with them as properties advertised on websites such as Rightmove or Zoopla may already be available direct with the letting agent before they are advertised online.

Some landlords do not use agents and will advertise the property themselves online using social media platforms, local shops and in local newspapers when they have vacancies.

Landlords and agents should no longer charge you any fees for admin or referencing checks. These fees were banned from 1 June 2019. Please do not pay rent in advance or deposits until you know there is a genuine offer of accommodation, viewed the property and met with the landlord or agent.

If you are on low wages or benefits your landlord may require a guarantor. If this is likely to be necessary, try to ask a friend or family member in advance, to agree to act as a guarantor.

Private sector accommodation can range from a room rent in a shared house to large family homes.


If you are reliant on any welfare benefits you may be entitled to financial support to cover the rent if you lodge with another household. This could also include renting a room from a friend if they have a spare room available for you to rent.

Low-cost home ownership

This often includes shared ownership whereby households can buy a share of a property and pay rent to a housing association for the remaining share.

Assisted living or extra care

These homes are usually for people over 55. Extra care housing allows you to maintain your independence while having access to care if and when you need it. Most have restaurants, cafes or shops that are open to everyone in the area and have shared living or activity rooms for residents. ;Everyone has their own front door and plenty of space. For more detailed advice about this option please speak to Adult Care on 0300 126 3000.

Supported housing

There are specialist supported housing schemes in each area of North Northamptonshire. Speak to your local Housing Options Team for further information.

Mutual exchange

If you are a current Council or Housing Association tenant, you may be able to exchange properties with another Council or Housing Association tenant. If you need more information or help with finding someone to exchange with, please speak to your local Housing Options Team for further information.

Assistance with your rent

You may be entitled to housing benefit towards the cost of privately renting. Please check your likely entitlement before signing any tenancy to ensure the property is affordable to you.

You may also be entitled to a Discretionary Housing Payment.

Why information is on a different website
We are in the process of adding information to this new unitary council website. Some pages will give you a link back to a previous council website to help you find what you need. Read more about the council changes.

Last updated 02 October 2023