Housing, Housing Register and Homelessness
Housing information can be found on the Dorset Council website.
- Changes to our housing services in response to COVID-19
- Housing Allocations Policy Consultation
- Apply to be on the housing register, Dorset Home Choice
If you have applied to the housing register, the creation of the new Dorset Council won’t affect your application.
This process will remain in place until Dorset Council develops one policy covering its entire area. This is likely to be in 2021.
Have a look at the ‘Dorset Home choice’ Housing Register.
- Empty properties
- Housing swap
- Park homes
- Advice for tenants
- Financial help
- Advice for landlords
- Rent deposit and bond scheme
At risk of becoming homeless
If you are at risk of losing your home please contact us for free advice and assistance as soon as possible.
Acting early gives us more time to help you. The most common reasons we are asked to help are:
- being asked to leave by friends or parents
- landlords giving the notice to quit
- domestic violence and abuse or other harassment
- relationship breakdown
- difficulties maintaining rent or mortgage payment
Where possible we aim to make sure you remain in your current home by providing assistance at an early stage to help resolve your situation. Our Housing Advice Services have a duty to prevent homelessness and will seek to understand your current situation and identify what steps we and you can do which could help you stay in your current home.
Notify us if you or someone you are working with is at risk of homelessness
If you are threatened with homelessness or are working with a household that may require assistance from the council's homelessness prevention team, please complete our online referral form. To provide the most relevant link for this service we will need the postcode of those at risk.
Concerned about someone sleeping rough?
Finding housing that suits you
If you would like information and advice on housing options for older people, Elderly Accommodation Counsel offers a self-help tool called HOOP (Housing Options for Older People). This has been designed to help older people access information on a range of housing-related matters. Alternatively, contact them on 0800 377 7070.
Housing Advice - East Dorset
Tel: 01202 228947
Full contact details for Housing Advice - East Dorset
Housing Advice - North Dorset
Tel: 01305 251010
Full contact details for Housing Advice - North Dorset
Housing Advice - Purbeck
Housing advice - West Dorset
Tel: 01305 251010
Full contact details for Housing advice - West Dorset
Housing Advice - Weymouth and Portland
Citizens Advice offers information and advice about housing issues, your rights and responsibilities, renting or buying a home or finding somewhere to live, landlords, eviction and mortgage payments and help to avoid losing your home.
Independent Age A range of free information leaflets are available and they also offer a friendship service where older people can receive visits or telephone calls. Subjects include:
- housing options
- personal life
- support & care
- future planning