Council Housing

West Lothian Council currently manages around 13,000 homes, which are available to rent. If you are in need of housing, you can apply to be housed by the council by completing an application form.

You would then be added to the Council's General Needs housing list and would await an offer of permanent housing, suitable to your housing need. If your circumstances are such that you are officially assessed and declared as homeless, as defined by part II of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 and amended by the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001, the council would have to make either temporary or permanent accommodation available to you.

It should be noted that the council has around 9,000 applicants waiting to be housed; this includes general needs, transfer, special case and homeless applicants. Around 800 permanent council house tenancies become available for rent each year, as and when they become vacant. Annually there are approximately 1200 households in West Lothian who are officially assessed as being 'homeless', and for whom temporary accommodation is arranged by the council. 

It is very important therefore to know how the Council assesses someone's housing needs and why they give greater priority to some needs than to others.   The details are given in the Icon for pdf Allocations Policy [731.52KB] .

Council Housing for Housing List Applicants
Housing Stock
Applying for Council Housing in West Lothian
Rights and Responsibilities of Council Tenants