Applying for housing

Data Protection statement

The United Kingdom has improved Data Protection Law giving you increased rights over how your data is managed by the Search Moves Partners i.e. Elmbridge Borough Council, and PA Housing.

These increased rights also apply to information provided to any Landlord with whom any of the Search Moves Partners share your Data in order to progress your application.  There is more information about this in the application form.

You have the right to know what we will do with your data. The Search Moves partner that you apply to will keep the information that you have provided for 7 years from the date of their last contact with you.

Under data protection law you have the following rights:

  • You have the right to ask the Search Moves Partner that you apply to i.e. Elmbridge Borough Council or PA Housing for copies of the personal information which they hold about you. Contact each partner directly for information on how to request this.
  • You have the right to have your personal data rectified if it is inaccurate or incomplete.
  • You have the right to request the deletion of personal data if there is no compelling reason for the Search Moves Partner or Landlord to continue having the information
  • You have the right to object to and to restrict processing of your data in certain circumstances. Data will be used to assess your housing needs and will be processed on the basis of consent and the requirement to assist with housing needs
  • You have the right to obtain and reuse your personal data for your own purposes (known as data portability).
  • You have rights in relation to automated decision making. As a small part of the housing assessment process, in some cases for banding or disqualification we make use of automated decision making. You have the right to discuss any automated decisions made with a member of staff at the Partner’s office.
  • You have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office about the processing of your personal data – please visit ICO

If you have read the above statement please click here to apply to Elmbridge Council

If you are an existing PA Housing tenant, or a Key Worker, please click here to apply to PA Housing only.


Spelthorne Housing Register is now closed to new applicants as we will be moving from Search Moves to the new Homes4Spelthorne website in August 2023.

Current Spelthorne Housing Register applicants will be invited to re-apply in August 2023.