Renfrewshire Council

Apply for council housing (phone or paper)

Who can apply, make an appointment to discuss your options with us, change an existing application, Available Now! Homes.

Who can apply

If you want to apply for rented accommodation from us, get in touch with one of our housing experts. You must be aged 16 or over. 

We will discuss options that best suit each customer's housing need, such as council housing, other social housing providers, private landlords and owner occupation. 

We'll also give prospective tenants financial information, including information on Benefit Changes and advice on other types of support available.

If your best option includes applying for council housing, we'll do this during the discussion which allows us to improve the way we match an applicant to a property, by

  • looking at the areas you wish to apply for
  • the availability of properties within these areas that meet your needs.

We will also discuss any support needs you may have as well as any other requirements.

Applicants for council housing will be assessed on the basis of housing need and placed into one of five groups, in accordance with our housing allocation policy [699KB] .

This covers:

  • making an application
  • assessing what size of home you need,
  • the housing list and how applications are prioritised
  • how we allocate housing
  • application status
  • letting initiatives and approaches
  • appeals and complaints
  • assessing our performance.

Make an appointment to discuss your options

You can submit an online form to ask us to contact you.

Or call one of our team:

  • Paisley North and Paisley South Neighbourhood Services
  • Johnstone Neighbourhood Services
  • Renfrew Neighbourhood Services
  • Housing Advice and Homeless Services.

The contact details are at the end of this page.

You can find out more in our  housing allocation information booklet for customers [379KB] .

Change an existing application

If your circumstances change, or if you want to change the size or type of house you're looking for or the area in which you want to live, you need to change your housing application to reflect this. 

HomeChoice@Renfrewshire - Choice Based Lettings

All parts of Foxbar, Gallowhill Court and Glencairn Court are advertised through our HomeChoice@Renfrewshire Choice Based Lettings.

All of our other Council properties in Renfrewshire will continue to be let through our current allocations process.  

Properties available for let, are advertised every Monday, with applicant's having until the following Sunday to note their interest in any properties they wish to apply for, provided they have a housing application registered with Renfrewshire Council.

Visit our HomeChoice@Renfrewshire Choice Based Letting pages to find out more.

Available Now! Homes

We have housing available for rent right now in the Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone areas.

There are two and three bedroom properties with a separate living room, kitchen and bathroom. These properties are available for early entry dates and are mostly located within walking distance to town centres, train stations and bus routes. 
For further information about the latest available properties, go to or visit one of our housing offices in Paisley, Renfrew or Johnstone.

Viewings can be arranged within days of you applying. All we ask is that you have a current application for housing registered with Renfrewshire Council to apply for one of these properties. Please contact your local housing office, or telephone: 0300 300 0222 and select option 2, for an appointment to complete a housing application.

More information about Available Now! Homes.

Information in other formats

If you require information in an alternative format for example Braille, large print, in another language, or require a signer or interpreter, please let us know when you contact us to ensure that we can make arrangements for this before you come for your interview.  

Call 0300 300 0222 and select option 2.