About housing associations

What are housing associations?

Housing associations are not-for-profit businesses that provide social housing. Find out more about how they work and how to apply for a place to live.

What are housing co-operatives?

Housing co-operatives can provide affordable housing. You may also have more control over where you live. Find out more about housing co-ops

Housing association starter tenancies

A housing association may give you a starter tenancy as a 12-month trial period at the beginning of your tenancy.

Assured tenancies with housing associations

Most housing association tenants have assured tenancies. If you have another type of housing association tenancy, your rights are different

Assured shorthold tenancies with housing associations

Housing associations often provide assured shorthold tenancies if the tenancy is temporary, or if it is a starter or demoted tenancy

Secure housing association tenancies

Secure tenants have stronger rights compared to other housing association tenants. Secure tenancies started before January 1989, but there are exceptions.

Demoted housing association tenancies

You can be evicted more easily if your tenancy has been demoted. A housing association can demote the type of tenancy you have for a certain period of time

Complaints about housing associations

A complaint about a housing association should be made using the housing association’s formal complaints procedure.