Housing with the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Housing Associations
Council Housing and Housing Association properties in the Vale of Glamorgan are all managed through a joint arrangement called Homes4U. The Homes4U Policy has been agreed between The Vale of Glamorgan Council, Newydd Housing Association, Wales and West Housing Association, Hafod Housing Association, and United Welsh Housing Association. This means that all properties owned by these organisations will be advertised in the same way.
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?
Did you know?
There are approximatly 2,500 people on the Vale of Glamorgan Council Housing List, and approximately 250 new applications are received each month, but on only 300 or so Council and Housing Association properties become available for letting each year.
Homes4U is a choice based letting system. This means there is no general waiting list operated using points. Instead, all the available properties with the housing providers above are advertised every two weeks. Individuals who have applied to Homes4U will have a bidding card with a certain level of banding (e.g. Gold, Silver, Bronze) depending on their current housing situation.
You can see the latest advert here.
Individuals then 'bid' for properties that are suitable and appropriate for their family size (e.g. single people will bid for one bed properties, families for two, three or four bed properties depending on how many children they have).
Due to the limited availability of social housing in the Vale of Glamorgan, most properties are allocated to those with a Gold banding, which is awarded to those with the highest housing need, although some properties may be allocated to those on silver where there is an age restriction, and very few people have bid for them.
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 Availablity Calculator provides information to help people who have applied for housing decide if 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 Vale of Glamorgan
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 Availability Calculator to get an idea of the availability of properties in different areas of the Vale of Glamorgan.
Are you an existing Council of Housing Association tenant?
HOMES4U has joined up with the online mutual exchange service - Homeswapper.
Homeswapper is a national website which can also be used to find a suitable exchange either in Vale of Glamorgan or elsewhere. Visit the HomeSwapper website where you will be able to register for the scheme. Registration is free for Council tenants in the Vale of Glamorgan.