How To Apply For A Property

Before you are able to apply for one of our houses, you must register with Home Search. This is the system that we use for allocating our properties. You will not be able to apply for properties unless you are registered.

All available properties will be advertised on the Home Search website. Adverts are also available in libraries, local council offices, Citizens Advice Bureaux and our office.

You can apply for a property by logging into your Home Search account, by phoning the office, by letter, or by calling into our Haddington office. All you need is the address of the property you are interested in and your Home Search registration number.

You can apply for as many advertised properties as you wish at one time, but the property you apply for first will be used as your first choice if you qualify for more than one.

How to register for Home Search

There are 2 ways to Register:

1. Register online at Home Search

Online account users can benefit from :
  • Register with both Homes for Life Housing Partnership and Castle Rock Edinvar by only completing one online form
  • Apply for priority passes
  • Apply for properties when they are advertised
  • Get feedback on your applications
  • Re-set your own passwords
  • Keep your details up to date if your circumstances change, and you can do all this online without phoning or visiting the office

If you have any difficulties with your application, please contact Castle Rock Edinvar:

    • Tel: 0131 657 0600
    • Email

When completing your registration form online please complete all the relevant questions on the application. Once you have submitted your registration form online you can also apply for a Priority Pass, .

After you are registered you will be sent information on how Home Search works, including information on priority passes, and a unique registration number. Once you have received your registration number, you can then apply for available properties. It is very important you don't lose this number!

To see our current available rented properties, click here

If you are successful in applying for a property, we will arrange to carry out a home visit and for you to view it. Please do not ask the current tenant to let you see inside an advertised property as this could be intimidating for them. You will be expected to pay the first month's rent when you sign your Tenancy Agreement.

Please view our AllocationPolicy

Please see Allocations History for information on turnover

Low Cost Home Ownership

East Lothian Council's Local Housing Strategy recognises that market prices are not affordable to many households who need to live in the area. This shared equity scheme is one of the many initiatives supported by the Council to help deliver affordable home ownership options. To find out more about the scheme, click on the following link: Low Cost Home Ownership

Mutual Exchange

It is possible that you are able to exchange your property with another tenant of Local Authority, Scottish Homes, Housing Associations and other Registered Social Landlord. For further information click on the following link Mutual Exchange