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Affordable housing

Affordable housing is mostly rented housing, let at low social or affordable rents on a secure basis to those who are most in need. To apply for affordable rented housing, you will need to apply to join the Common Housing Register.

Affordable housing in the district is provided by housing associations (now called Private Registered Providers), which are independent, not-for-profit social landlords.

There are currently 28 Registered Providers managing around 11,000 properties across the district. They provide homes for single people and families, as well as housing for older people and those with special support needs. The largest housing association is North Hertfordshire Homes, created in March 2003 to take over ownership of the Council’s housing stock.

Some Registered Providers also operate shared ownership schemes, which enable you to buy a share of a property and pay rent on the remaining share.

Registered Providers are financially regulated and funded by the government through the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Further information about Registered Providers operating in North Herts is also available from the HCA.