Your rights in supported housing
Supported housing schemes can include:
hostels or refuges
sheltered housing for older people
self-contained homes with visits from support workers
Your agreement should set out your rights and responsibilities.
Hostels and refuges
you get food or share a kitchen with other residents
the hostel or refuge is owned by a council or housing association
Self contained housing with support
You probably have a licence if people come in to give support or check on your well-being.
You probably have a tenancy if support workers need your permission to visit.
Most supported housing agreements are not lifetime tenancies. You might have:
an assured shorthold tenancy if your landlord is a housing association
a non-secure tenancy if your landlord is the council
Your landlord usually has to apply for an eviction order if your tenancy or licence ends and you stay in the property.
Sheltered housing for older people
Sheltered housing is usually in a scheme with a warden or emergency alarm system. There may be communal areas and social activities for residents.
Most sheltered housing for older people is provided by councils and housing associations.
If you're offered sheltered housing from the council's waiting list it could be:
Care and support assessments
You can ask social services for an assessment if you need help to manage at home.
Last updated: 28 January 2022