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 or want to buy your own place, 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.
What to consider when deciding whether to rent privately. Gives information about what it will cost and explains how to find a place.
Council housing is a type of social housing. Use our information to find out how to get council housing, who can apply, how to apply and who gets priority.
If you want to get a housing association place, you will have to apply to go on a waiting list.
Council and housing association tenants may be able to apply for a transfer within their current landlord’s area, or a mutual exchange to anywhere in the UK.
If you are thinking of buying your own home, particularly if it's for the first time, you need to consider your options carefully.
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.
If you're thinking of leaving your home make sure you're fully prepared before you go.
A local lodgings scheme may be able to put you in contact with someone who is willing to rent out a spare room.
Moving home - perhaps due to cuts to housing benefit and local housing allowance. See our A- Z of things to think about before and after you move home.
Whether you are a serving or former member of the forces, you will need to know about the range of housing choices and the sources of advice available to you.
Whether you have been allocated services accommodation as a single person, as a family, or as person occupying spare accommodation, you’ll need to know your rights...
For student housing in private rented accommodation or university halls, shared flats or houses, be sure to know your rights, responsibilities and options.
Your rights and obligations if you own or rent a mobile home such as a caravan or a park home, or rent a pitch to place it on.
This page considers some of the issues involved with living on a houseboat, and provides useful links if you need further information.
Sometimes a home is not enough. Find out how support and/or adaptations could help you stay independent.
Gypsies and Travellers have different rights depending on whether they are staying on a council site, an unauthorised site, or a private site.
Advice, information and support for young people leaving home. Advice for those who need to leave home or those who choose to leave home.
Leaving care and looking for housing can be a challenge. We can help with support and advice for care leavers.