Housing co-operatives can provide affordable housing. They are usually managed by residents.
What are housing co-ops?
Housing co-ops are groups of people who live in and collectively manage their accommodation.
- take responsibility for arranging repairs
- make decisions about rent increases
- decide who joins or leaves the co-op
Getting a place in a housing co-op
Housing co-operatives may be scarce in your area. Vacancies might come up infrequently.
The way that vacancies are filled varies between different co-operatives. You could try:
- applying for a council home and asking to be nominated for vacancies in housing co-operatives
- contacting the council for information about local housing co-operatives and then contacting them directly
You may be able to set up a housing co-operative yourself. You may need a certain number of other people to get involved as well as help with the legal aspects of setting it up.
Contact the Confederation of Co-operative Housing for more information on starting a co-operative.
Last updated 25 Sep 2014 | © Shelter