This Housing Options Guide will provide you with links to potentially available support available to you in West Lothian.
When it comes to choosing the best possible solution for you and your family it can be challenging and overwhelming. On this page, we have included links to useful information to help guide you on the Housing Options available to you.
If you need to speak to someone, we are here to help. Our Housing Options Team can offer you a telephone appointment to discuss your Housing Options. You should call us on 01506 280000 and your details will be passed to the team who will arrange a suitable appointment time with you. We will go over your current housing situation and the options available to either remain where you are or move to another property that is more suited to your needs. We can discuss things such as affordability issues, eviction, rent arrears and maximising the points on your current housing application.
Below you will also find some frequently asked questions which may provide you with quick answers:
You can apply online for a council property or visit your local CIS office who can support you with a paper application. When you apply to West Lothian Council, you have the option of also applying to Almond Housing Association and LINK at the same time, this is called the Common Housing Register, Please be aware that social housing in West Lothian has limited availability. If you do choose to apply for social housing, you may wait a long time to be housed.
Due to the complexity of a needs-based points system for housing applications we cannot provide a waiting time or discuss your list position. Our housing offer process would not consider any notes of interest in a property so we have discontinued recording these notes. If you wish to view our stock report which highlights properties allocated based on the number of points for each application and may give you an indication of your application position please visit our Housing FAQs page.
Mid-Market Rent (MMR) is an initiative that aims to provide a solution for the housing problems that have arisen in the last few years.
By offering an option that is in between social and private housing, the government and housing associations are giving a solution to people who were potential first-time buyers, but can no longer afford or apply for a mortgage. Rents are generally lower than private lets and higher than social housing. As such there can be specific eligibility criteria when applying for these properties.
Rent for mid-market rent homes is usually in line with or below the Local Housing Allowance rates for particular areas, so mid-market rent is usually cheaper than the average private rents in an area (though higher than council or housing association rent).