Housing Options Guide-2

2. Housing associations

This section tells you what a housing association is and which housing associations have property in Moray.  It includes details about the size and location of their properties as well as rent details and how to contact them.

What is a housing association?

There are around 200 housing associations and housing co-operatives in Scotland registered with the Scottish Government.  These are known as Registered Social Landlords (RSL’s).  They are “not-for-profit” organisations which offer affordable accommodation.  Some specialise in accommodation for particular groups of people such as older people or disabled people.  They are given grants from the Scottish Government towards the costs of building homes for rent or shared ownership and low cost home ownership schemes.

Housing associations are one of the main providers of new and affordable housing opportunities for local people in housing need. Generally rents are cheaper than rents with a private landlord although they can be a little higher than Council rents. If you rent from a housing association you will probably have a Scottish secure tenancy.

The following housing associations offer a range of accommodation in Moray. For information on individual stock levels and rent costs click on the housing association name. 

Please note the following links are in PDF format.

Our nomination agreement

Most councils and housing associations have ‘nomination agreements’ to refer applicants from their waiting lists.  We have nomination agreements with all of the housing associations in our area.  This agreement only gives us the right to suggest names of applicants from our waiting list to these housing associations.  The housing association itself decides who to allocate their houses to. (Different arrangements are in place for homeless households).  If you want to be nominated make sure you apply to each landlord separately.  You can access their application forms and other useful information about their application process here.

Types of housing

  • Amenity housing

This type of housing is offered to people over the age of 55 years or those who have a medical or physical disability, which requires the provision of suitably designed accommodation.  Features include high level sockets and level or assisted access.

  • Mainstream housing

This type of housing is available to any person over the age of 16.

  • Sheltered housing housing

This type of housing is intended for people aged 60 or over who, while able to live independently in their home, would benefit from the support and security provided by Warden and emergency alarm call services.  Younger people may sometimes be accepted if they would benefit from these services because of a medical or physical disability.

  • Supported housing

This type of housing is intended for people with learning or physical disabilities, medical needs or young people aged between 16 and 24 years old who may need support with their tenancy.

  • Very sheltered housing

This type of housing generally has all the features of sheltered housing, but offers a greater level of care and support including staff on duty 24 hours each day to provide support, domiciliary assistance and the provision of meals.

  • Wheelchair accessible housing

This type of housing will be accessible for wheelchair users.  It will be completely step-free, have space for a wheelchair user to circulate and allow access to all rooms.  It should have a kitchen and bathroom that suits the occupants needs and fittings and services that are within easy reach and easy to use.

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