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Housing Associations

Getting a housing association house or flat usually means putting your name down on a waiting list. If you have a housing association tenancy it is more secure than a private rented place. Housing association rents also tend to be cheaper than private housing. Housing association flats and houses are not available in every town, but in some areas there may be more than one housing association so you may have to visit each one. It is always a good idea to apply to the Council as well to improve the chances of getting a place soon. In some places there is a joint housing register for housing associations and the local council – in these cases you only have to apply once.

Anyone over 16 can apply for a housing association property. Some housing associations run special schemes for certain groups so check this before applying. Most housing associations will have rules about living in the area for a certain amount of time. Ask about this when applying. There will also be rules about people who they will not house. The rules are different for each association. These sorts of rules may exclude people who have been evicted by another landlord recently, have a history of rent arrears, anti-social behaviour or criminal offences. If you are told you cannot apply contact Shelter Cymru for advice on 0345 075 5005

If you are applying to a housing association you should make sure you tell the truth and do not hold back any information. People who lie on their application can be evicted at a later date.

For more advice and support, click here to visit the relevant Shelter Cymru Advice online page.

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