This content applies to England only.
Housing laws vary between England and Scotland. Get advice relating to Scotland
Housing associations are the main providers of new not-for-profit housing in England, with around 3.5 million people living in housing association accommodation. They are also known as registered social landlords (RSLs) or Private Registered Providers of Social Housing (PRPSHs).
Housing associations do not make a profit. Any money they do make is put back into improving existing homes and helping to build new ones.
See our pages on housing association tenancies for more information about the rights you would have as a housing association tenant.
Housing associations are not-for- profit housing providers, usually offering the same types of housing as local councils
Housing association tenants may be able to buy their home at a discount using the right to acquire. Find out more about the right to acquire scheme.