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What is a housing association, how to apply, help with your rent and renting extra care sheltered housing.
What is a housing association?
Housing associations (often referred to as registered social landlords or RSLs) are non-profit making organisations that provide affordable housing in many areas of the country. They are controlled by management boards made up of volunteers, with a range of professional skills and local knowledge. They build new homes and improve existing properties, mainly for rent. They are regulated by the homes and communities agency under the housing act 1996. More information about the homes and communities agency can be obtained through their website.
Some housing associations specialise, for example, sheltered accommodation for the elderly, or supported accommodation for vulnerable groups. In the main, housing associations tenants have ‘assured’ tenancies, which are similar to secure tenancies given by local authorities.
How do I apply for a housing association property?
Demand for housing association properties tends to be high, just as it is for council properties. The following pdf document gives information on which associations have accommodation in the East Riding, as well as the location and type of properties available.
To apply for housing association accommodation you need to contact each association and request an application form, contact information is available at the back of the ‘What and Where?’ booklet.
Housing associations also rehouse people that we ‘nominate’ to them from our waiting list. If you wish to be considered you must be on our waiting list, and have ticked ‘Yes’ to question eight on the housing application form that asks if you wish to be considered for a housing association tenancy.
To obtain a housing application form you can:
The council allocates properties in accordance with its own housing allocation policy. Other providers of social housing may have their own extra criteria that you may have to meet before being allocated a property. Normally properties are only offered to suit your household size. The length of tenancy you are offered will depend on your circumstances.
Can I get help with the rent for a housing association property?
Our housing benefits section deals with claims for housing benefit from housing association tenants. You may be able to claim housing benefit if you:
To process a new claim, you must supply the benefits team with:
If you have a partner, they will also need to supply the information above.
If you have any other adults in your home, they must supply proof of income.
Can I rent extra care housing from a housing association?
Yes, there are 2 housing schemes in Bridlington that offer self-contained flats for older people with care and support needs who wish to live independently. These are:
These properties are normally available to people who:
Please contact the housing association directly to discuss costs.
The rent and service charge for these properties are eligible for housing benefit. There is an additional care charge.
There are two ways that you can apply:
We can nominate you for 1 of these properties. You’ll need to complete a housing application.
To request a housing application form contact us by either:
You must make sure that you answer yes to question 8 on the form. This is the question that asks if you wish to be nominated for a housing association tenancy. If you have a medical need to move you may get medical priority.
Please note: extra care housing is also available at Rita Hunt Court in Beverley. This is a council owned housing scheme. You can find out more about Rita Hunt Court on our Community and Care Services Directory.