Finding a home in Watford

Watford is a very popular town, and whilst there may be availability in the private rental market, the demand for social housing is greater than the supply.


Watford Borough Council doesn’t own any housing. Housing associations with properties to rent advertise them on a website – Herts Choice Homes.

Herts Choice Homes is a choice based lettings scheme for council and housing association homes across 5 authorities in Hertfordshire. They are: Hertsmere, St Albans, Three Rivers, Watford and Welwyn.

You can use Herts Choice Homes if you are an existing tenant seeking a transfer, if you are a homeseeker already on the housing register or if you are applying for the first time.

Every week council and housing association properties are advertised on this website. You can search to see if there are any you wish to be considered for. When you find a property you like you need to express an interest in it by making a ‘bid’. There is no money involved though!

You can bid for properties in several ways. Bid online, by telephone, by text message, or in person. To bid online you will need to log on with your Herts Choice Homes number (HCH) and date of birth. If you are already registered with us for housing you should have your HCH number. If not, we will write to you with your number when you apply.

Further details can be found on the Herts Choice Homes website, including details of the banding scheme. If you are having difficulties, please call us on tel: 01923 278597.



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