If you want to find out whether you're eligible for council housing, need advice on your housing options, or want to apply for a school place, we can help.


If you've recently been discharged from the Armed Forces and are moving to Hertfordshire, please visit our schools admissions pages for advice on how to apply for a school place for your child.

Children's Services

Children's Services can guide you through the process of applying for a school place and explain the application processes to you.

If an application for an in year place is accompanied by an official MOD, FCO or GCHQ1 letter declaring a relocation date, a school place can be arranged in advance of the relocation.

Addresses of UK service personnel and crown servants

We understand that families of UK service personnel and other crown servants can move more frequently.

When you apply, please include an official letter from either:

  • Ministry of Defence (MOD)
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
  • Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

The letter must give your relocation date and a unit postal or quartering address in Hertfordshire which will be used for the application.  

If the application is accompanied by an official letter that declares the relocation date but does not provide a quartering or unit address (because the family will be residing in private accommodation)  the application will still be considered. In these cases, if the family doesn't already have a permanent private address in Hertfordshire, the military base or alternative "work" address in Hertfordshire will be used for allocation purposes.


Housing contacts

Depending on the district you're in, the rules are slightly different, so please search to find your nearest housing contact.


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Paying for housing costs

If you are in receipt of:

  • any war disablement pension
  • any guaranteed income payment under the AFCS (Armed Forces Compensation Scheme)
  • and any war widows/widowers/civil partner payments

This income will be disregarded in full when assessing entitlement to housing and council tax benefit. Contact your local council for more information.

Local Connection

A local authority in England can't disqualify a member of the Armed Forces, Reserve Forces, Regular Forces from the housing register if they don't have a local connection.

Local Connection (The Allocation of Housing (Qualification Criteria for Armed Forces) (England) Regulations 2012)

Additional Preference

A local authority nominations scheme must give preference to someone with urgent housing needs who has or is serving in the Armed Forces, Reserve Forces or Regular Forces. 

Additional Preference (The Housing Act 1996 (Additional Preference for Armed Forces) (England) Regulations 2012)