Housing associations are independent, not-for-profit, social landlords and operate throughout the country. They provide and manage affordable housing to meet local needs in the areas they serve.
In North Hertfordshire, 23 housing associations currently manage over 10,000 properties across the district, catering for a wide range of housing needs. They provide homes for single people, couples and families, as well as sheltered accommodation for the elderly and housing for people with special support needs. The largest housing association is North Hertfordshire Homes, formed in March 2003 to take over ownership of the Council's stock of more than 8,000 properties.
Some housing associations operate their own waiting lists to which you can apply direct for accommodation including shared ownership schemes. Most however are only able to accept people put forward by the Council and you will have to be registered on the Common Housing Register.
Our booklet, "A Guide to Housing Associations in North Hertfordshire", provides further information about the housing associations operating in the district and contact details. This is available from Council offices or can be downloaded free of charge below.
The Partnership Agreement
The Council has a formal Partnership Agreement with all the housing associations working in the district. The Agreement sets out the working procedures and principles which will govern this relationship, ensuring high standards of affordable housing schemes.
A copy of the Partnership Agreement can be downloaded free of charge below.