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North Yorkshire Home Choice 

Selby District Council is a member of North Yorkshire Home Choice, North Yorkshire's way of allocating 

council and partner housing association properties for rent and shared ownership properties for sale.

We aim to give you more choice in deciding where you want to live and to choose a home which best suits your needs. Properties that are available for rent are advertised weekly. If you are eligible and qualify to join the register you can express an interest (bid) on properties you would like to be considered for.

North Yorkshire Homechoice is a partnership of 10 partner landlords which, including Selby District Council, consists of :- Craven District Council, Hambleton District Council, Ryedale District Council, Richmondshire District Council, Scarborough District Council, Beyound Housing (Previously Yorkshire Coast Homes), Yorkshire Housing and Broadacres Housing Association.

Rural Initiative

Priority will be given to applicants bidding for Selby District Council properties who have a local connection to the parish area of the property being advertised. If no suitable applicants with a local connection can be found, bids will be accepted from those with a connection to the wider district and partnership area.

This does not apply to properties in Selby Town and Tadcaster.

A definition of local connection to the parish area can be found below :-

Local Connection

  • currently live in the parish area and have been resident for at least 6 out of the last 12 months; or

  • have lived within the parish area for at least 3 years out of the last 5 years; or

  • are employed in the parish area. Employment is defined as meaningful permanent full or part time. Not casual or seasonal.

  • have an essential need to live close to another person, to provide or receive care or support, who currently lives in the parish area, and who has been resident for the last 5 years.

  • has a close family member residing in the parish area that has done so for the last 5 years (mother, father, adult son, adult daughter, adult brother, adult sister).

  • a need to move to the parish area, where failure to meet that need would cause hardship (to themselves or others) and that will resolve this need.


Applicants are required to register online and must meet certain qualifying criteria :

People who are unable to access the website can call into the Access Selby Contact Centre where they will be assisted to gain access to North Yorkshire Home Choice.

Alternatively, you can download a form following the link below:

Application form - pdf

For further information about how to complete an application form follow the link below :

Guidance Notes

To view a copy of the allocations policy for the North Yorkshire Choice Based Lettings (CBL) Partnership follow the link below

North Yorkshire Housing Applications Policy

Details of how banding and priority are award in cases where households are either at risk of becoming homeless or homeless are shown in the document below:

Homeless Reduction Action Allocations Policy

To find out about your right to review a decision in relation to your North Yorkshire Home Choice application follow the link below:

Right of Review

Should you have any questions or queries in relation to your housing application or the process of applying, please don’t hesitate to contact our Housing Support team on 01757 705101 or by email -

Alternatively, you can call into our weekly housing surgeries, which take place at Sherburn library (Tuesday mornings) and Tadcaster Calcaria House (Thursday mornings) to discuss further with a Neighbourhood Officer”.

Selby District Council's Housing Stock

We aim to provide applicants with as much information as possible in order that they can make informed decisions about where they would like to live. Last year, we processed more than 1200 housing applications and there are currently over 600 active applicants registered with Selby District Council on North Yorkshire HomeChoice. In the same period we housed 270 applicants. This means that we were only able to accommodate 20% of those who approached in our own properties. Most of these were in a high priority banding, with only 8% of customers being assisted into social housing for those who were deemed to be adequately housed in Bronze banding.

The average waiting time for those who were made an offer varied significantly dependent on the banding of their housing application. Those in gold band waited, on average, 294 days (9 ½ months); those in silver band 342 days; those in bronze band 436 days.

As you can see, we cannot help everyone but the more areas and property types you are willing to consider the more chance you will have of being re-housed with us. As a result, we have produced a table showing the location of all our properties across the district, along with the number and type of property within each area.