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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

Apply for housing

You can apply to rent a home in County Durham through Durham Key Options. This includes former council housing.


Contact us for housing advice by phone - call 08081 968 406 - or by email At this time we're not able to provide advice face to face.

If you are calling outside of normal working hours Hours (after 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and 4.30pm Friday and any time at a weekend), please only call this number if you have nowhere to sleep tonight.

Complete our online form to tell us you are at risk of becoming homeless or contact us as as soon as possible, if you feel that you are at risk.

How to apply

Register with Durham Key Options

Before you can apply for a house, you must register with Durham Key Options (you only need to do this once). Once registered you'll be able to apply for housing in County Durham.

Search for and bid on homes

Once you've registered with Durham Key Options you can:

Durham Key Options

Durham Key Options includes properties managed by:    

  • believe housing - covers housing in Durham City, and surrounding areas, East Durham and Wear Valley
  • Karbon Homes - covers housing in Chester-le-Street, Sacriston, Great Lumley, Pelton, Consett, Stanley, Lanchester, Langley Park and surrounding areas.
  • Livin - covers housing in Sedgefield, Newton Aycliffe, Spennymoor and surrounding areas.
  • North Star Housing Group - covers housing in Barnard Castle, Cockfield, Evenwood, Etherley and surrounding areas.

    Home exchange, mutual exchange and Homeswap Direct

    Most housing association tenants, have a right to exchange properties, provided that their landlords give approval. Find out more about home swaps.

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    • Durham Key Options
    Contact us
    Homeless freephone number
    08081 968 406
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