Housing associations - also known as ‘registered social landlords’ - are social housing providers. They are run on a not-for-profit basis.
Most housing associations offer secure, assured, assured shorthold, and starter tenancies. As a new tenant, you'll probably be offered a starter tenancy first. The accommodation you get is usually similar to what a council would provide.
You can apply for a tenancy directly to the housing association, or the council might put you in touch with one or more of them.
Housing associations are not-for- profit housing providers, usually offering the same types of housing as local councils
A housing association may give you a starter tenancy as a 12-month trial period at the beginning of your tenancy.
Most housing association tenants have assured tenancies, but you should check your status if you are uncertain. If you have another type of housing association tenancy, your rights will be very different.
Housing associations often provide assured shorthold tenancies if the tenancy is temporary, or if it is a starter or demoted tenancy
Secure tenants have relatively stronger rights than other housing association tenants.
If you behave antisocially housing associations can demote your tenancy to a less secure type for a certain period of time.
Basic information about housing co-ops and how to get a place in one.