Social Housing

Are you looking for a comfortable home in Gwynedd for a reasonable price? Social Housing could be the answer for you, providing rental housing for affordable prices. Social housing is provided in Gwynedd by Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd, Grŵp Cynefin and North Wales Housing.

Am I eligible for social housing?

Social housing is allocated on the basis of need. In Gwynedd we use a system which gives points to reflect an applicant’s circumstances and needs. Homes will be offered to the applicant who has the most points for a property that becomes vacant for letting. If your circumstances include one or more of the following then you could be eligible to receive points on your application:

  • you have a local connection with Gwynedd
  • you have a connection with the community in which they wish to be housed 
  • you are on a low income
  • you are legally owed a duty by a housing authority
  • you need to move to a specific location in order to avoid hardship (for yourself or others).
  • you need to move for their health / welfare
  • you live in insanitary / overcrowded or otherwise unsatisfactory housing
  • you are homeless or threatened with homelessness or are owed a homeless duty by a local authority

How do I apply for a Social House?

To be considered for a social property you must be on the Gwynedd Common Housing Register. If you are not on the register the first step is to contact Gwynedd Housing Options:

What happens next?

We’ll discuss your needs with you in order to decide on the best way forward. After receiving your details we’ll send an application form to you so that you can register. If you are not eligible to be on the Common Housing Register, we’ll discuss other options that might be available to you. Please note that being on the register does not guarantee anyone a house.

If your name is put on the register, your application will be assessed using the points system. A summary of the points system and allocation process is in this document:

In order to ensure that the process of allocating social housing is fair, Gwynedd Council and the housing associations have published a document which gives details of the process. The document, the Common Housing Allocations Policy, is based on statutory requirements and on guidance by the Welsh Government. 

Properties currently available to let

Click on the following links to the websites or Facebook pages of the housing associations which includes details of the social properties currently available:

There are over 7,500 units of social housing located across the county. They range from single person accommodation to family houses. There is also provision for housing particularly suitable for older persons. Click below to see details of their location:

What if I already live in social housing?

If you want to move from your current home you will need to register on the Common Housing Register. However if you are having difficulties with any aspect of your tenancy you should contact, in the first place, your housing association for advice:

Want to move home?

Some social housing tenants may be eligible to swap their home with another tenant. This is called a tenancy exchange. More information on this is available by contacting your housing association, or visit websites such as Homeswapper or House Swap Wales which are a quick and easy way to find the right home for you. See the leaflets below for more information:

 

Have your say..

Have your say about the Housing Options Team by completing this questionnaire:

Housing Option Satisfaction Survey