Housing associations are 'Registered Providers' they are not private landlords. They provide housing in a very similar way to us and are non-profit making. They are run by Committees, who are unpaid, and managed by paid professional housing officers.
People who rent a housing association property must meet their rules and conditions of tenancy.
Most associations are funded by the Homes and Communities Agency. The Homes and Communities Agency is a 'non departmental public body' sponsored by Communities and Local Government.
Housing associations offer 'assured tenancies' which offer security similar to a council tenancy. There is also a special Tenants Charter which protects tenants' rights.
In certain cases housing association tenants may be able to buy their home.
The Council have agreements with Housing Associations which means that some of their empty properties are available to people on the Council's Housing Register. These properties will be advertised in the same way as empty Council properties through the Choice Homes scheme.