Your rental and moving options

We provide a range of rental and moving options including:

Social rent

Most of our homes are allocated to applicants nominated to us by local authorities. If you want to be considered for social rent you should contact your local authority to register on their housing waiting list. The Choice Based Lettings system is used to allocate social rent properties. This system means you have to express an interest in the homes you like. They must also be suitable for your needs (e.g. not be too big or too small).

Properties available or coming soon (in Chelmsford) are advertised on the HomeOption website and magazine. Available properties in other areas of Essex, such as Braintree and Colchester, are advertised on the Gateway to Homechoice website.

For more information see the HomeOption website, Gateway to Homechoice website or contact us.

If you're leaving the armed services, or you are a former member, you may qualify for help from your  local council. Use the Gov.uk council finder to find details of your local council. For more information and advice on your housing options see the Shelter, Career Transition Partnership (CTP), Haigh Housing or the Citizens Advice website or contact us.

Affordable rent

We offer a range of properties for Affordable rent. Rent is charged up to 80% of current market prices (inclusive of service charges). To qualify for affordable rent, you must meet the same criteria outlined in social rent above.

Discounted rent

We offer a range of properties for discounted rent (also known as intermediate rent). Rent is charged between 80-90% of current market prices. To qualify for discounted rent, you must meet similar criteria as shared ownership (see the Buying and selling section for more details). This includes minimum and maximum household income.

Download our Intermediate Rent (aka Discounted Rent) Referencing fees leaflet [pdf] for more information.

Transfers

We hold 25% of our empty properties for transfers. The majority of these are in the Chelmsford area. These are available to our current social rent tenants only. If you wish to transfer to a different property you must hold an assured tenancy or fixed term tenancy. To apply for an active transfer application you must complete an application form.

Transfers to properties are dealt with under the Choice Based Lettings system. This means you must express an interest in homes you like. They must also be suitable for your needs (e.g. not be too big or too small).

Properties available - or coming soon - are advertised on the HomeOption website and magazine. For more information about how to express an interest, see the HomeOption website or contact us.

Mutual exchanges

Social rent tenants can exchange their home with another housing association, council or social rent tenant. To help you find a suitable household to exchange with we subscribe to Home Swapper - a mutual exchange forum.

You – and all households involved in the exchange – must hold an assured tenancy, have a clear rent account and obtain written consent from all landlords involved.

Market rent

We offer some properties on a market rent basis where rent is charged on an unsubsidised amount in line with current market prices. You are not required to complete a detailed application form, although a full tenant reference check (including a credit check) will be carried out (fees apply).

Download our Market Rent Referencing fees leaflet [pdf] for more information.