Social Housing Information Guide

What is Social Housing

Registered providers own and mange Social Housing

A core function of social housing is to provide accommodation that is affordable to people with low incomes. Limits to rent increases set by law mean that rents are kept affordable.

Social Housing Allocation

Unlike in the private rented sector, where the landlord offers tenancies and letting agent to whomever they choose, social housing is distributed according to the local council’s allocation scheme.

Since the Localism Act 2011, councils can decide who is or isn’t eligible to go on the waiting list for social housing.

Out of those who meet the council’s criteria, the legislation requires that certain groups be given “reasonable preference”.

Registered providers

Registered Providers Own, and Manage Social housing

Registered Providers (often known as social landlords) are the bodies that own and manage social housing. They tend to be non-commercial organisations such as local authorities ALMO’S (Arms-length management organisation – is a not-for-profit company that provides housing services on behalf of a local authority.) or housing associations. Housing associations are independent, profit organisations that can use any profit they make to maintain existing homes and help finance new ones.

Social Housing is regulated

Registered providers are financially regulated and funded by the government through the Homes and Communities Agency, which is responsible for the construction of new social homes.

The government department currently responsible for overseeing the social housing sector is the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG).

Volume of Social Housing

The figures below demonstrate the substantial volumes of Social Housing properties owned by Local Authorities and Private Registered Providers (Housing Associations) within the YORKSHIRE AREA

Wakefield

35,098

Bradford

31,787

Sheffield

17,568

Leeds

16,833

Kirkless

5,675

York

4,846

Rotherham

4,581

Doncaster

3,555

Barnsley

3,511