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Housing associations and alternative accommodation

Housing associations are independent, non-profit-making organisations that provide homes for people in housing need.

They are usually part-funded by central government and work closely with local councils to help house people who are on the housing register list as well as people who apply to them directly.

Housing associations work closely with the council and at least 50% of all lettings by local housing associations are ‘nominated’ by the council.

Housing Associations will advertise all or part of their vacancies through Leicester HomeChoice. The Council sends applicants’ details to the relevant Housing Association when they have successfully bid on Leicester HomeChoice. This will depend on their position on the shortlist based on the band and the time they have been waiting on the Housing Register.

How can I apply for a housing association home?

If you would like to apply for a housing association home on Leicester HomeChoice you must:

  • Be on the council’s Housing Register
  • Be eligible for the type and size of property advertised
  • Have a clear rent account

You can also make applications directly to those housing associations who operate their own housing register. 


Sheltered Housing

Leicester City Council runs 15 sheltered housing schemes across the city. All the properties are linked to an emergency alarm service. Sheltered housing tenants live independently and privately, sharing communal spaces such as lounges, laundrettes and gardens.

Each of the sheltered housing schemes has its own sheltered housing officer, who if required calls in on residents regularly to check everything is alright.


LeicesterLet Home Finder Scheme

The LeicesterLet home finder scheme provides people on a low income with the opportunity to move into a home of their choice, avoid homelessness and a stay in temporary accommodation.


Managed by the Council’s Housing Options Prevention Team, the home finder scheme is very flexible.  It can be used to prevent private tenants from becoming homeless by helping them to find alternative accommodation when their existing tenancy is coming to an end.


The scheme also offers benefits to landlords or letting agents. Leicester City Council will provide the deposit and rent in advance to a landlord or letting agent in order to obtain accommodation for a client in the private rented sector.


Before a property can be let under the home finder scheme, the Council will carry out a series of checks to ensure that it is affordable, safe and fit for habitation. An officer from the Housing Options Prevention Team will inspect the property to check it is in reasonable condition. If there is a gas supply, they will request a valid gas safety certificate.


Under the LeicesterLet home finder scheme, letting agreements will normally be assured short hold tenancies of at least 12 months.


Although not everyone helped under the home finder scheme is living on a low income, applicants will only be considered for the scheme if the Housing Options Prevention Team is satisfied that they are capable of paying their rent regularly and in full.



For more information on the scheme, contact:

The Housing Options Prevention Team

Housing Options Service
Phoenix House
1 King Street, Leicester, LE1 6RN.

Tel: 0116 454 1008
(please note public access to Phoenix House is via Welford Place)