About housing associations
Housing associations are independent, non-profit-making organisations. They provide homes for people to rent, buy, or both.
Types of housing available
Housing associations offer a range of housing across Birmingham for all kinds of people.
They can offer:
- housing for older people
- sheltered housing
- housing for younger people
- housing for vulnerable people with specific needs
Housing associations are usually part-funded by central government. They 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.
How to rent a housing association property
To secure most types of social housing, you will normally have to bid.
This means you will be prioritised based on your individual circumstances. So, while you get to choose your area and register your interest in properties, it may still take a long time to secure social housing.
Most housing association properties are advertised on Birmingham Choice. This means you will have to register. You will be given a banding according to your priority.
Midland Heart and Bournville Village Trust also have their own bidding systems.
How to buy a housing association property
If you cannot afford to buy a home on the open market, some housing associations offer shared ownership schemes.
There are often housing association properties that are immediately available to rent. These are advertised on Zoopla, Rightmove and On the Market. However, it is always best to contact the housing associations directly.
Page last updated: 24 March 2023