Housing Co-operatives

Housing co-operatives are groups of people who live in and collectively manage their accommodation. This involves taking responsibility for arranging repairs, making decisions about rent and who joins or leaves the co-op. Living in a housing co-operative can be a good way to get affordable housing and may give you more control over where you live.

How do I get a place?

It can be difficult to get accommodation in a housing co-operative because this type of accommodation is quite rare and few vacancies come up. The way that vacancies are filled varies between different co-operatives. You could try:

  • applying to the council’s waiting list and asking to be nominated for vacancies in housing co-operatives
  • contacting the council for information about local housing co-operatives and then contacting them directly
  • you may be able to set up a housing co-operative yourself. You’ll probably need a certain number of other people to get involved as well as help with the legal aspects of setting it up.

The Confederation of Co-operative Housing (CCH) has some examples of schemes in Wales and may be able to help you.

We are sorry that we cannot provide this information in Welsh, however if you would like to speak to an adviser in Welsh please contact 0345 075 5005.

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This page was last updated on: September 26, 2018

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