Renting from Bristol City Council or a Local Housing Association.

Sometimes young adults will need support from the Council or a Local Housing Association to get their own home.  To see whether support can be offer to you there will be an assessment to see whether you meet eligibility criteria.

 

What do I need to know about Council and Local Housing Associations housing?

  • Council Housing and Local Housing Association housing is not free.  You will need to make sure your rent is paid.
  • Usually you are responsible for paying the bills like council tax, water, gas and electricity.
  • As a tenant (the person renting the property) you have rights.  (Find out about council tenent rights).
  • When you take on a Council and Local Housing Association property you usually have to agree to an amount of time you will rent the property.  For example, for 1 month, 6 months or 1 year.
  • You should sign a contract or agreement with the Council or your Local Housing Association before you start renting a property.  This contract helps you to known how long you have agreed to rent the property, how much you need to pay each month and what to do if you need a repair and who is responsible for paying the bills like council tax, water, gas and electricity.
Read about Council Housing.

 

How do I find Council and Local Housing Associations housing?

Find out more about applying for Council and Local Housing Association housing in Bristol.

To apply for Council or Local Housing Association housing you will need to apply through HomeChoice.  This is free to do.

 

Is there any support for living in Council and Local Housing Associations housing?

There is support available for people living in Council and Local Housing Associations housing depending on what you want or need.  For most of this support you will need to be assessed to see if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Housing benefit

Housing Benefit can pay for part or all of your rent. How much you get depends on your income and circumstances.

Find out more about housing benefit in Bristol.

Council tax reduction

Depending on your circumstances you may be eligible for a council tax reduction.

Find out more about council tax.

Home adaptations and equipment

Changes to your home or equipment that help you to live in your own property.

Find out more about home adaptations and equipment.

Bristol Careline Alarm

If you are at risk of falling or need to know help is available when you need it a Bristol Careline Alarm can be fitted into your home.

Find out more about Bristol careline alarm and emergency alarm.

Bristol's Supporting People (SP) Programme

This services can help you to be as independent as possible.

Finding out more about Bristol's Supporting People (SP) Programme.

 

More information

Citizen Advice Bureau have information on adaptations to your home and the duty to make resonable adjustments.

Disability Rights UK have information on disabled people's rights to housing benefit and a list of organisations that can give you information and advice around housing.

Shelter UK has information on council and housing association housing.

Mencap has information on different types of housing.

 

Complaints and disagreements

If you would like to make a complaint against a landlord you can do this through the Housing Ombudsman Service.

If you would like to make a complaint against a Bristol City Council our Complaints and Disagreements page has more information.

 

This page has information for residents in the City of Bristol.  Find out about what other Local Authorities do.

Last Update 1 December 2016 by Findability Team.

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