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From 1 April 2021, the four borough and district councils of Corby, Kettering, East Northamptonshire and Wellingborough join with Northamptonshire County Council to become a new unitary council called North Northamptonshire Council.

Welcome to the new North Northamptonshire Keyways housing allocation scheme that has now replaced the previous Keyways scheme for the former boroughs of Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough and joins in the previous Homes Direct scheme for the district of East Northamptonshire.

A re-registration process is underway for all applicants who were active on the previous housing registers.  We are committing that those applicants who re-register between 18th March and 31st March 2021 AND who qualify under the new scheme, will be eligible to bid on the first bidding cycle under North Northamptonshire Keyways.  The first cycle will be a two-week bidding cycle and will run from Thursday 1st to Tuesday 13th April 2021. Applications not submitted within the re-registration window stated above may not be assessed and activated prior to the bidding cycle ending.

Applicants that were active on the previous Homes Direct and Keyways Schemes will continue to be eligible to bid as normal on those schemes until the last cycle ends prior to the 1st April 2021. From 1st April 2021 such applications to the old schemes will be closed.

If you are a new customer seeking housing in the North Northamptonshire area and are not part of the re-registration process above, your application will not be considered until the new scheme launches on 1st April 2021.

A copy of the new North Northamptonshire Keyways housing allocation scheme can be found here.


Welcome to Keyways

Keyways is the main way to search for social / affordable housing to rent from North Northamptonshire Council and the housing associations in our area.  On occasion, low cost home ownership properties for sale and private properties to rent may also be advertised on Keyways.

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Advertising dates 7

Current cycle

6 May, until 11 May

Next cycle

Starts 13 May, until 18 May
Have your say on how the new Council should allocate social housing. 
People are being invited to give their views on proposals for how social housing will be allocated across North Northamptonshire from spring next year.
On 1 April 2021 the new North Northamptonshire Council will replace...
Published: Wednesday 4 November 2020

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