Housing Options Guide 5c

5c. Finding a new home to meet your needs

If your home no longer meets your needs and cannot be adapted to the extent you would require, you may need to move into a different property.  There are various housing options that you could consider.  The priority is to find a home that is suitable for your needs and the needs of your family or any carers.

Council housing

There is a wide range of council housing which includes adapted properties, wheelchair accessible properties, barrier free homes and homes with level access amenities such as stair-free homes and walk in showers.  There are also sheltered housing properties in Elgin, Forres, Lossiemouth, Buckie and Portgordon.  You will find more information about Sheltered Housing on our dedicated website page.

If you want to apply for council housing you can do this using our Online Housing Application.  If you are already a council tenant, you will still need to make sure you have a live housing application with us to be considered for a move to more suitable accommodation.  

Your needs will be assessed through our Housing Functional Assessment procedure.  To find out more about this, click here.

Housing association homes

Some housing associations specialise in providing housing to suit people with specific needs.  Hanover Housing Association, Castlehill Housing Association and Blackwood Homes, all provide homes that are barrier free, wheelchair accessible or amenity housing.  Their stock is located across Moray.

Your housing needs will be assessed through each individual housing association's medical assessment procedure.  You can find more information about housing associations, including their housing types, locations and individual contact details, on Section 2 of this Housing Options Guide.

Low cost initiative for first time buyers (LIFT)

You could consider buying a home.  The Scottish Government's LIFT scheme offers help to people who would like to buy a home but cannot afford the full price.  It is available to disabled people and first time buyers.  Disabled applicants do not have to be first time buyers to qualify but do need to show that the property they are currently living in is no longer suitable for their needs.

For more information on the LIFT scheme, visit the LINK website.

Housing Options Scotland

Housing Options Scotland is a charity that offers free help, information, advice and support to disabled people and their families to assist them to find a home that suits their needs.  They can also help older adults and members of the Armed Forces community to find the right home in the right place.  You can find more information on the Housing Options Scotland website.


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