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Welcome to Keyways


Keyways is a new way of looking for council and housing association properties for rent. You can also look for low cost home ownership properties for sale and private properties to rent from accredited landlords. Keyways includes properties within the boroughs of Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough.

You can now tell us which properties you would like to be considered for. This process is known as bidding. The bidding process does not mean that you will part with any money. You may only bid for a property if your housing application has been accepted onto the Keyways register.

We aim to give you more choice in deciding where you want to live. All properties that are available will be advertised each week from Thursday to Tuesday. 

Our website is packed with useful information to help you find a suitable home. 

You can use this website to:



It is important to read the individual Keyways Housing Allocations Policy of each Borough Council.

The main policy changes are: 

  • Applicants who are adequately housed will no longer qualify to join the Kettering or Wellingborough housing register, unless they are seeking and are eligible for sheltered housing and/or have a local connection to a village exception site in Wellingborough area.
  • Applicants who do not have a local connection to Corby, Wellingborough or Kettering Borough will no longer qualify to join the housing register.
  • A final offer of suitable accommodation to households accepted by the Council as statutorily homeless may be made from the private rented sector.
  • Applications will be cancelled for 12 months following 2 refusals of suitable offers of accommodation.
  • Applicants with previous/current unacceptable behaviour which includes debt will not normally qualify to join Keyways.  An urgent housing need and criteria will need to be met.
  • Applicants' financial circumstances including income, savings and capital assets including home ownership will be fully investigated and those with the means to resolve their own housing circumstances may not qualify for Keyways.

For more information about these upcoming changes please refer to the new Keyways Housing Allocation policies or contact the Borough Council that you wish to apply to here

If you would like help to use Keyways please Contact Us.

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