Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are you the Council?
A. No, we are not part of the East Lothian, or any other, Council.
   
Q. There's dog mess all over the place, what's going to be done about it?

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If we know who has been allowing their dog to foul, we will contact them and inform them that they are in breach of their tenancy agreement.

If you are having problems with dog fouling, we recommend you contact the Council Dog Warden on: 01620 827310.
   
Q. What do I need to do to get a house?
A. You need to register with homehunt, then apply for homes as they're advertised. Find out more about applying.
   
Q. How long is your waiting list?
A. We do not have a waiting list. We operate a choice-based letting system through homehunt. Find out more about registering.
   
Q. I'm not homeless, what are my chances of getting a house?
A. 50% of our available homes go to HomeHunt applicants who have been assessed by East Lothian Council as homeless, the other 50% are allocated on a 'best use' basis.
   
Q. I'm homeless, can I have a house?
A. If you are homeless, you must register with the Council. Although 50% of our lets go to the homeless, we cannot provide temporary accommodation until a house becomes available.
   
Q. How does the house exchange work?
A. You can read all about mutual exchange, and we provide a searchable mutual exchange register which can be accessed on our website.
   
Q. I applied for a house, did I get it?

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If you have successfully applied for a house, a member of staff will contact you to let you know. Unfortunately, due to the very high demand for our houses, we have too many unsuccessful applicants for us to notify each individually by phone.  If you would like to be notified, you can log into your HomeHunt account and set your preferences to e-mail - this will mean you get automatic e-mail updates when properties are allocated.
   
Q. My kitchen door is broken, do I have to pay for repairs?
A. If the door was damaged through carelessness or misuse, you have to pay to have it repaired. If the damage is due to normal wear and tear, use our on-line repair reporting system and we will take care of it.
   
Q. Can I have an uplift?
A. No, that is a Council service, please contact the East Lothian Council.
   
Q. Can I buy my house?
A. Read more about Right to Buy
   
Q. Can I get help paying my rent?
A. You can find information on Housing Benefit on our website, and you can access links to organisations who can advise you.
   
Q. My garden is a bit too much work for me now, is there help available?
A. The Garden Care Scheme may be of help. Find out more about the Garden Care Scheme.
   
Q. Why can I not stay logged in?
A. You need to have cookies enabled on your computer to stay logged in. You can change your cookie settings in the 'Tools' section of your browser tool bar.
   
Q. I've applied for dozens of houses, why didn't I get any of them?

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The demand for housing in East Lothian is extremely high. In an average year, we will only have 60 properties available to rent, and each one will have around 100 applicants. This is why you must apply for a Priority Pass if you believe you may be eligible.

   

 

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