1. Immediately Available Properties: Platform Places

To view a list of all our current immediately available properties, see the Platform Places page of this website.

Click to view a list of our Immediately Available Properties to rent with Platform Places

Alternatively, you can find out more about your other options and the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions on this page

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 August 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 apartments 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

5. Retirement Villages

Our smaller retirement villages provide a friendly and safe place to live independently.

The Herotts - Exterior You’ll have your own home with as much privacy as you would like, but within a secure environment. This type of accommodation is catered for customers aged 55 and over.

We have built communities where customers can thrive, retain their independence and access help and support when needed, enjoying the highest quality of life.

Retirement living aims to provide age appropriate housing in prime locations.  This new lifestyle focuses on enjoying life a little more each day, having less worries and being with like-minded people. It promotes wellbeing and is proven to reduce the risk of poor health and social isolation.

Retirement living is a smarter way to enjoy your retirement in a home that meets your needs now and in the future; is part of a vibrant community and has the support you need to lead an independent life.

If you move into one of our retirement villages you will benefit from

  • An enhanced housing management service – which provides help with rent queries, organise any repairs, encourage participation in social activities and provide any further guidance, advice and assistance customers require to support them in their tenancy.
  • Staff member on site 24 hours a day all year round who will visit daily, offering peace of mind and support when required.
  • Social areas including lounge for activities and dining room where a lunchtime catering service is available on certain days.
  • Beautiful landscaped gardens which you can help maintain if you wish, enjoy with visiting neighbours, friends or family. An area to exercise or if you prefer, just relax enjoying the flowers and fresh air.
  • Public Wi-Fi connection in communal areas – an opportunity to receive help and support in using the internet and a device such as a tablet or mobile phone to connect with family, download an ebook or join social media.

Location of our villages

Please click on the locations for more information or to find out how to apply (this will open in a new window or tab)

Chelmsford Court, Newcastle Close, Worcester, WR5 1RD

Himbleton House, Himbleton Road, St Johns, Worcester, WR2 6HS

Harling Court, New Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2EH

The Heriotts, Worcester Road, Droitwich, WR9 8AA

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5. What happens if I want to refuse the property?

If you would like time to make a decision then you will be requested to return the keys to the key-safe and confirm your decision within 24 hours.

If you choose to refuse the property please be mindful that this may impact on your housing application with the Local Authority and you may not be offered an alternative home.

Failure to return the keys to the key-safe, or if the keys are missing when a contractor attends, may be considered as theft and reported to the police.

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