Council houses are also known as local authority houses. This is a form of social housing and is publicly owned property. This term is mostly used in the United Kingdom and Ireland. These houses were built with the purpose of providing working people with housing at a good rental rate. These houses were mainly looked after by the local councils of the town or city. These kinds of houses gained popularity in the nineteenth century and gained more importance in the twentieth century.
Despite the number of houses which grew in number, in most cases there was a waiting list maintained by the local council for the people who require such accommodation. Many such houses have a cottage like design with open spaces all around it. They will be able to live properly in these houses with their families. It wasn't until recently that these cottage designs gave way to tower blocks. Three or four storey tower blocks are now much more prevalent forms of social housing in inner cities.