Finding accommodation – social housing, private renting, shared housing and shared ownership
Anyone over 16 years old (certain conditions apply when allocating a tenancy to an applicant under the age of 18) and in need of housing can apply for council housing.
You start by making an application to join the Housing Register. You will join a waiting list, but this does not guarantee that you will get a property. We have produced a short video which explains how to make an application.
This means renting from someone who owns a property.
They usually rent it out so they can make money. They are called private landlords and can be a:
- company that owns lots of properties
- person or family who owns one or more properties
- charity or group who just rent properties to disabled people.
Private landlords advertise their properties in these places:
- a letting agency or an estate agent
- an advert in the local newspaper
- on a sign outside the property
- on the internet
- on a shop noticeboard
The main housing section on our website (link opens in new window) has advice and support for renting privately.
Gateway Housing Support
The Gateway Housing Support service (link opens in new window) supports a range of people who have:
- little or no experience of living independently
- a history of homelessness
- or experiencing tenancy breakdown
The flexible support service will work with you to meet your specific support needs, whether in your home or through our community drop in services we aim to support you.
Extra care housing
Extra care housing (link opens in new window) provides a higher level of support than sheltered housing (link opens in new window) but still allows you to retain some privacy, and remain as independent as possible.
In extra care housing you have your own flat but you also have support staff on duty in the building 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You will usually receive support at particular times of the day depending on your needs, and will have a support plan which is agreed between you and the support staff, but will have the added reassurance of knowing that there is always someone around.
Residential care homes
Residential care homes offer the same type of care and support you would get from a friend or relative who looks after you.
Staff can help with personal care, meals and going to the toilet. Some homes help to support you to gain skills to help you become more independent.
A district nurse may visit the home on a regular basis.
Homeshare is when a disabled person invites someone to live with them in return for some support. The 'homesharer' has their own room in the householder's property. They give support with things like cooking or socialising.
This is when you borrow money to buy a house and pay the money back over many years through a mortgage. You can also use your savings. You could inherit a home which could be yours alone or it could be left to you and your family.
There is a scheme in operation called HOLD (link opens in new window) that stands for Home Ownership for people with Long-term Disabilities.
This is a way that someone with a disability can own their own home. It is run by some Housing Associations, which are Registered Social Landlords.
The disabled person finds a property they would like to buy. The Housing Association buys the property, so the disabled person only deals with them.
The Housing Association sells part of the property to the disabled person. They might be able to buy more of it in the future.
They rent the other part from the Housing Association, who looks after things like repairs and making sure the property is in good condition.
This is when a Housing Association owns part of your home and you own the rest. You have to pay rent to the Housing Association for the part you do not own and pay the mortgage for the part you do own.
For more information about housing and care please see the Housing and Support Alliance website (link opens in new window) where you will find lots of information about housing and support.