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Apply for housing


You can apply to rent a home in County Durham through Durham Key Options. This includes former council housing.

How to apply

Register with Durham Key Options

Before you can apply for a house, you must register with Durham Key Options (you only need to do this once). Once registered you'll be able to apply for housing in County Durham.

Search for and bid on homes

Once you've registered with Durham Key Options you can:

Durham Key Options

Durham Key Options includes properties managed by:    

  • County Durham Housing Group (Durham City Homes, Dale & Valley Homes, East Durham Homes) - covering housing in Chester-le-Street, Derwentside, Durham City, East Durham, Sedgefield, Teesdale and Wear Valley.
  • Karbon Homes (was Cestria, Derwentside and Isos) - covering housing in Chester-le-Street, Sacriston, Great Lumley, Pelton, Consett, Stanley, Lanchester, Langley Park and surrounding areas.
  • livin - covering housing in Sedgefield, Newton Aycliffe, Spennymoor and surrounding areas.
  • North Star Housing Group - covering housing in Barnard Castle, Cockfield, Evenwood, Etherley and surrounding areas.

    Home exchange, mutual exchange and Homeswap Direct

    Most housing association tenants, have a right to exchange properties, provided that their landlords give approval. Find out more about home swaps.

    In partnership with

    • Durham Key Options
    Contact us
    Choice Based Lettings
    03000 262 544
    Our address is:
    • Durham County Council
    • Council Offices
    • Green Lane
    • Spennymoor
    • County Durham
    • United Kingdom
    • DL16 6JQ
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