Referrals and Nominations

A number of other Housing Associations manage property in Fife however they still hold their own separate housing lists, application forms, and assessment criteria. Many of these Associations are providers of specialist housing, for example, older persons housing or housing with support.

These Associations hold a Nominations Agreement with Fife Council, meaning around 50% of their vacancies are allocated through referrals made from our FHR housing list.

When these Associations have a vacancy they decide if they want to allocate directly from their own list or if they wish to request a referral.

If a referral request is received Fife Council’s Housing Access Support Team will refer suitable applicants to the Association. When appropriate, the Council will provide a ‘Section 5 referral’ (a priority homeless applicant), which allows the Association to assist in reducing homelessness in Fife.

To be considered for nomination, you must have an active FHR application and your housing preferences must match that of the particular vacancy. Any other criteria, such as age restriction, must also be met.

Although the Council can nominate you, we cannot guarantee you will receive an offer of housing. Each Association operates their own Allocations Policy and the decision to allocate lies with the landlord.

We encourage applicants to consider all housing options and housing providers to increase your chances of being housed. If you are particularly keen to be housed by any of our ‘nomination’ landlords, we recommend you apply to them direct to maximise your chances.


The following housing associations ask for nomination referrals:

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Due to service disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, we are currently unable to process new housing applications or changes to existing applications within normal timescales. If you applied for housing from March 2020 there may also be a significant delay in your application being assessed.

If you are homeless, or need somewhere to stay urgently, please call 0800 028 6231 so we can discuss your housing options.

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If you already have an application and you need to update your circumstances, please do not submit a new application. Please log back onto your online application for housing and update the information required. If you have moved address please complete every section of the application, taking into account your new housing circumstances.

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