Finding a place to live
This content applies to England only.
Housing laws vary between England and Scotland. Get advice relating to Scotland
Whether you need emergency housing, a council or housing association place or want to buy your own home, it's important to find somewhere that suits your needs. You also need to understand the rights each option would give you.
You need to be realistic about what you can afford and what is available. You may not find what you want within your budget. If you need help finding somewhere, use our directory to contact an adviser or download our free housing advice booklet Finding a place to live.
For information on renting from a private landlord, see the section on private renting.
You can apply for council housing through your local council, although there is often a long waiting list. Check if you're eligible for council housing in your area
If you want to get a housing association place, you will have to apply to go on a waiting list.
If you are a tenant of a council or housing association, you may be able to apply for a tenancy transfer to another property or area
Under this scheme, the amount of rent you pay is between what a housing association and a private landlord would normally charge.
Basic information about housing co-ops and how to get a place in one.