Housing association applications
12/11/2009 9:47 pm
For some years now my wife and I have been renting in the private sector. We're both over 65 and want to move to more secure housing rather than be subjected to the whims of private landlords who might want their properties back or from any other reason requiring us to move.
Looking at a range of HAs' websites all seem to indicate that one requires being on a local Council's housing list.
We would not qualify for these as we have no special needs, eg disabilities, medical requirements and so on. We're just getting on a bit!
This is my question: can we apply to HAs as private tenants? If so, is there a list of such associations who would consider us as tenants? Must we have lived in an area for a specified period?
Grateful for any answers. Thanks.
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13/11/2009 9:41 am
I can't speak with any knowledge of your local area, but I have managed Older Persons schemes. To simply get yourself registered on your local authorities housing register doesn't require you to demonstrate any housing need, technically owner occupiers or lottery winners can register, they will just show up as having no housing need. The desire for a more secure tenancy is a perfectly understandable one, and I think you should have a reasonable chance of being successful, depending on availability and your own expectations.
Many Housing Associations have housing specified for the over 55's only. Because of that stipulation they can sometimes experience difficulties letting units, or the competiton isn't always as great as for "normal" housing.
My advice to you would be to contact your local council and see if there is a central housing register that you can go on, the sooner the better, as often preference is given on the basis of "time served" After you've done that it would also be worth contacting the main large housing associations and see if they have any older people's schemes that they hold local lists for. Often, strictly speaking, they shouldn't, but because demand isn't always that great some associations still contine to do so. Good Luck!
16/11/2009 12:18 pm
As Mr O'Rega and his wife are both over 55, they would qualify for sheltered or semi sheltered housing. The O'Regan's local council (Gravesham Borough Council) has a common housing register - when anyone applies to the council for housing their details can also be registered with housing associations, by filling in one form.
Gravesham have joined others across Kent in becoming part of the choice based lettings scheme for people applying for social housing and use a points system to prioritise applications.
To live in Gravesham you have to be over 16 years of age and have a local connection with Gravesham. A local connection means that they have to be either:
• A resident in the area.
• have close family in the area (parents, children over 18, brothers and sisters)
• employed in the area
They need to complete the application form as fully as possible, as this will be used to assess their housing need. They will be awarded points on the waiting list if they need to move for the following reasons:
• The need to move to a smaller property
• For medical reasons, for example, if they are elderly and can no longer manage the stairs
• Because their home is in disrepair
• Domestic violence
• Anti social behaviour
Gravesham will register their application within 10 days and will write to advise them how many housing need points have been awarded. If they are interested in rehousing with a housing association they will still need to complete the application form to come onto the Housing Register.
They can collect a Common Housing Register form from the Civic Centre reception, all local offices, by telephoning 01474 33 73 66/67/68 or download the application from..
There is also a list of the types of housing within Gravesham on this link:
I would suggest that they either call into the offices or telephone them to discuss their situation -Gravesham will have staff available to help them and may be able to signpost them to other services e.g. lifeline, hands scheme, floating support, transport scheme etc. accommodation comes available
Of course housing goes to those in the greatest need and the demand within the borough may be high for this type of accommodation - that's why I would suggest they contact them to talk through their position.
A number of housing associations do provide private rented housing which is let outside the choice based letting system. They would be able to get a list of hongs associations that are active in their area from the local authority and then enquire directly about private renting options.
16/11/2009 3:40 pm
Thank God do not live in Tower Hamlets you will have to wait until over 60 yrs old. Its only particular Community in our area that can go in at the age of 55 yrs old into Sheltering Homes Accommodation.
14/05/2011 10:56 am
I would like to know if there is any chance I could apply to go on the waiting lists for any Housing Associations in the London area. I have been on the Council's transfer list for over 10 years and have been bidding on the Locata system without much luck :-(. Apparently, the Council do not refer tenants to housing associations anymore!