Housing Options - Council and Housing Association Accommodation

An example of council accommodation

Cardiff Council and the Housing Associations in the city have a common waiting list for their properties. Anyone aged 16 or over can apply but you should consider the following:

  • Where you want to live - are there Council or Housing Association properties in that area?
  • How long will you have to wait?
  • Would renting privately suit you better?
  • What are the differences between Council and Housing Association tenancies?

Information is also included below for existing Council and Housing Association tenants who want to move, or who are interested in buying their home.


 

Did you know?

There are approximately 10,000 people on the Common Waiting List, and over 700 new applications are received each month. Only 1,500 or so Council and Housing Association properties become available for letting each year.

I have applied - how long will I have to wait?

People are often surprised at how few properties the Council and Housing Associations now have and how long the waiting list is. The waiting time calculator provides information to help people who have applied for housing decide whether renting from the Council/Housing Associations is right for them at the moment. This includes details of:


  • Where the Council and Housing Associations have properties
  • The number of lettings made in the various areas of the city
  • The number of applicants waiting to be housed
  • Estimated waiting times (if you have already applied and know your points total)

Have a look at the information to help you decide what you want to do.

I haven't applied yet - what are my options?

You can use the waiting time calculator to get an idea of the availability of properties in different areas of the city and how many applicants are waiting for those areas.

The maps provide information at a glance including availability of private rented sector properties which may be more suitable for you depending on where you want to live. If you are interested, you can find out more about buying a property through a shared equity scheme.

Do you need an adapted property?

The Cardiff Accessible Homes Scheme is run in conjunction with the Welsh Assembly Government and the major Housing Associations in Cardiff to meet the housing needs of disabled applicants. You can register for the scheme if you, or somebody in your household, is disabled and need to move to a suitably adapted property. For further information contact the Cardiff Accessible Homes Scheme on Tel: 02920 468408 or by email at cah@ccha.org.uk.

Are you an existing Council or Housing Association Tenant?

Existing Council and Housing Association tenants who want to move can apply for an exchange or transfer.

Homeswapper is a national website which helps tenants find a suitable exchange either in Cardiff or elsewhere. You can also use Cardiff's internal exchange scheme by completing our exchange form.

Alternatively, to apply for a transfer to another Council or Housing Association property in Cardiff complete an application form and return it to:

Common Waiting List
Social Lettings Unit
Cardiff Council
PO Box 364
Cardiff
CF11 1BW

Asbestos in Council owned properties

All Council properties have been (or are planned to be) checked for asbestos. To see what kinds of asbestos, if any, has been found in your property please visit our asbestos checker, type in part of your street name and choose your property.

More information can be found by following the links within the asbestos checker pages.

Available Council and Housing Association Properties

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