How to register

The City of Edinburgh Council and partner landlords use a Common Housing Register. This is called EdIndex. This means you only need to fill in one application form to access housing from the Council and all the partner landlords.

If you would like to register with EdIndex please print and complete an EdIndex application form and post it to The EdIndex Team, Business Centre 1.4, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG.

You can pick up an EdIndex application form from any Council Locality Office or partner landlords. Completed forms can also be handed in to any of these offices.

To post the form back costs £1.20 second class and £1.26 for first class.

How it works

People registered with EdIndex build up waiting time. This is measured in days.

Each advert is marked as a Starter (S) or Mover (M) or both (SM).

Starters are homes for people who are:

  • Homeless
  • Staying with a friend or relative
  • Staying in a hostel
  • Staying in supported accommodation
  • Renting a house or flat from a private landlord

Waiting time for Starters is worked out from the date your application form is registered. This means a Starter registered for one year has 365 waiting days. They will get a further day for every day they are registered.

Movers are homes for people who are:

  • A Council tenant
  • A Housing Association or Housing Co-operative tenant
  • A joint tenant with the Council, Housing Association or Housing Co-operative
  • A tenant of tied accommodation that is provided by an employer
  • An owner occupier of a home (you may have a mortgage)

Waiting time for Movers is worked out from the date you moved into your current home. For example, if you have been in your current home for 10 years, you will have 3,650 waiting days. You will build up a further day for every day you stay in your current home.

Anyone who is 16 years or older can apply for housing in Edinburgh.

How to Bid

Once you have registered you will be sent your EdIndex reference number. When you log on using your EdIndex reference number you will be able to see all available homes.

You can bid for up to 3 homes each week. You must bid by the closing date for your bid to count. You will be contacted by the landlord after the closing date if your bid has been successful.  You should carry on bidding until you have been made an offer of housing.

Step by step guidance on “How to place a bid for a property” is available.

Bid online at www.keytochoice.co.uk or phone 0131 529 5080.

Homes are advertised weekly online from 3.30pm on a Friday until the next Friday at 3pm.