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1. Immediately Available Properties: Platform Places
Alternatively, you can find out more about other lettings options by clicking on the headings below
2. Choice-Based Lettings
Most of our properties are let by Choice-Based Lettings schemes. These are run by your local council or authority, and you will need to sign up and then bid for properties via their website or portal. Please check your local council's website for more information and how to apply for a Choice-Based Lettings property.
We are currently working on an interactive map of all local authorities for which we provide Choice-Based Lettings properties, and hope to have this ready by the end of July 2020.
3. Mutual Exchanges
A mutual exchange is when you "swap" home with another person. It could be a house, flat, bungalow, maisonette or any other property type exchange.
You can swap homes with any other council or housing association customer in the UK providing they have the right to mutual exchange and want to swap homes with you.
You can either home swap with one customer, known as a direct exchange, or you could try and find a three way house exchange.
There is no limit to how many people you can have in your home swap chain, however the more people in the home swap, the more complicated it gets and the more likely it is to fail as there are more people who could change their mind. Nevertheless, three way mutual exchanges are becoming increasingly popular as they give you more ways of getting into the property you want.
To register your home or search for a mutual exchange visit www.homeswapper.co.uk
4. Independent Living
Many older people, or people with some support need, want to live independently but like the reassurance of knowing that help is at hand in an emergency.
Our independent living schemes provide a friendly and safe place to live independently. You’ll have your own home, with as much privacy as you want, but within a secure environment.
Most schemes provide flats within a main building, but some also offer bungalows on the same site. These are let unfurnished and can be decorated to your own taste.
Each property is fully self-contained, with its own kitchen, shower or bathroom, living area and one or two bedrooms. (Studio flats have a combined living area and bedroom). But you also have the use of shared facilities, which can include a communal lounge, gardens, laundry room and, in some locations, cafes or hairdressers on site.
Our schemes are situated in the heart of communities, with many local services such as healthcare, leisure and social activities.
Immediately available properties within these schemes can be found on our Platform Places page
We will also shortly be publishing a detailed list of all our available Independing Living Schemes and how to apply for these. In the interim, if you would like to apply for Independent Living but cannot find anything on Platform Places in your area, please call us on 0333 200 7304 and ask about Independent Living
Rent and Platform Places FAQs
- 1. I am homeless or due to become homeless, what should I do?
- 2. I have bid for a property, when will I know if I have been successful?
- 3. If I am successful, what happens next?
- 4. How are viewings done and when can I move in?
- 5. What happens if I want to refuse the property?
- 6. I don’t have an email address, what do I do?