What do housing associations do?

What do housing associations do?

Housing associations provide homes and support for almost six million people around England. They offer social homes, shared ownership homes, some market homes to rent and buy and essential supported and specialist housing.

How do I get social housing in London?

You can apply for a home through your local council. They might also call it ‘social housing’. If your application is accepted, you’ll go on to a waiting list of people who need a council home. Your council will then prioritise applications based on who needs a home most urgently.

How do you get on the Westminster housing list?

To be considered for council housing or social housing you must submit an application to be listed on the Westminster Council housing register. With over 5000 individuals and families already registered on the Westminster Council housing register, there is a long waiting list for those in need of housing.

How can I get my housing association to move me?

Contact your council’s housing office or your housing association to apply for a tenancy transfer. You will be asked to fill in a form or register online. Explain any special circumstances, for example a health condition that makes your current home unsuitable.

What is the difference between a council house and housing association?

Housing associations rent their properties through the council and sometimes you can go directly to them. A council tends to offer a Secured Tenancy with a Right To Buy your council house. A Housing Association offer Assured Tenancy agreements and you will usually have a Right To Acquire your home at a discount.

Can I get a housing association home?

Shared ownership is a more affordable way to buy your own home. You buy a percentage of the property, between 25% and 75%, and pay a reduced rent on the rest to a housing association. Shared ownership homes can be purchased with a deposit of at least 5% of your share of the property and a mortgage to cover the rest.

Are council houses free UK?

Council housing pays for itself either through rents or by the building of some new private homes for open market sale. This is what many councils have to do in the absence of government funding. It doesn’t.

What area does Westminster council cover?

It includes the districts and neighbourhoods of (roughly north to south) St. John’s Wood, part of Maida Vale, Paddington, St. Marylebone, Bayswater, Soho, Mayfair, St. James, Knightsbridge (in part), South Kensington (in part), Westminster, and Pimlico.

What’s the difference between council house and housing association?

Can I move from housing association to council?

You can apply to move to an empty council or housing association home – this is called a ‘tenancy transfer’. You can also apply to swap your home with someone else who rents a council or housing association home. This is called ‘mutual exchange’.