Private Registered Providers and Registered Social Landlords provide most of the Social Housing accommodation in the United Kingdom.
The information in this guide explains the different types of tenancy agreements and how to apply for a housing association home.
The biggest difference between council housing accommodation and housing associations is the tenancy agreement.
There are two ways people on a low income (or in need of extra support) can get Social Housing. You can:
Note: The regulation of social housing in England allows you to send an application to more than one housing association at a time.
So how long does it take to get an association home? Well, anyone who applies for accommodation in one of the housing association homes will be put on a waiting list.
As a rule, housing associations will offer a particular type of property to the people who are 'most suited' to that type. Hence, you may spend a long time on a waiting list until your accommodation type becomes available.
The rights and responsibilities of people who stay in housing association homes depends on what type of tenancy they have.
As a rule, a starter tenancy lasts for no more than twelve (12) months. Hence, they will offer starter tenancies to new housing association tenants because they are considered as being a 'trial' period.
In most cases, you would become an assured or fixed term tenant once the one year tenancy has ended, unless the housing association has (either):
Important: Tenancy agreements are legal documents that inform tenants and landlords about the rules of living in the property.
After a starter tenancy has ended, if the housing association wants to keep you as a tenant, you would usually be offered (either):
The extra rights that you would get can include:
Note: The main section has further information about exchanging your council or housing association property in the United Kingdom.
There are several ways you can end a tenancy agreement with a housing association, such as by giving four (4) weeks of notice (in writing), or:
Note: Another section explains more about the council and housing association eviction process and what would happen at a court hearing.
Landlords must ensure that the properties they are renting out are meeting certain standards. Thus, the home must be warm enough to live in, and:
Note: Social housing tenants have the power to ensure their landlord provides the services, support, and advice they need by helping to run a maintenance service. You can read more about how to improve your social housing on the GOV.UK website.
You can make an official complaint if you have concerns about the standard of your association home, by (either or all):
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0300 111 3000
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Note: The 'Right to Acquire scheme' allows tenants to buy their association home - often at a discount price of the market valuation.
Applying for Housing Association Homes in the United Kingdom