Older people housing

As an older person who values their independence, you want to live in your own home for as long as possible. When you rent from us, you can do that and have care and support on hand when you need it. You’ll also have a welcoming, active community on your doorstep.

What is it?

Intermediate rent is usually 80% of what you would be charged if you rented privately. It’s available to key workers and others finding it hard to afford market rent prices in London and the Southern England.

You can choose to rent brand-new and refurbished properties, with tenancies from 6 months to 5 years.

Looking out window of new home - Customer photo shoots - October 2018

Is it for me?

Although each local authority has its own criteria for intermediate rent, you’re likely to be eligible if:

  • You’re a key worker (in some areas, you may be eligible if you’re not a key worker too)
  • You have a permanent job or at least 6 months on your current contract
  • You can afford the rent (with or without financial help, such as Housing Benefit or Universal Credit)
  • You’re saving to buy a home in the next 5 years, but you can’t afford one yet
  • You have a decent credit history and you haven’t breached your current tenancy agreement in the last year
  • You already live or work in the area
  • Your total household income is less than £71,000–£85,000 a year (the exact amount depends on your local authority and the size of the property you need to rent).

Why rent with us?

We’re an established, regulated, award-winning landlord. Besides a choice of homes to match your budget, we offer good, honest renting with no hidden costs. 

Because we own and manage all our properties ourselves, you’ll enjoy prompt service when you rent from us. And we believe in keeping things simple – from contracts to processes. All of this helps take the stress out of finding a new home and leaves you more time to prepare for your move. 

How do I apply?

Check the details on the property you’re interested in applying for.

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Secure, self-contained homes

Our housing for older people includes studios, 1 or 2 bedroom apartments and bungalows. You have your own kitchen and bathroom facilities and can enjoy the communal gardens and other shared spaces. There are homes for wheelchair users, and our long-term tenancy agreements give you security. You can also buy your own home on one of our developments.

Staff member chatting to elderly customers outside - customer photo shoot - May 2018

Different levels of care

The level of care and support you get depends on the housing development you choose and your needs. In our extra care developments, we offer 24-hour on-site personal care and support. In our supported housing, there’s a 24-hour call system and help on hand during the day, or a regular check-in from a member of our Intensive Housing Management team. 

Elderly couple and residents at Chestnut Court together in communal area  customer photo shoot

Opportunities to connect

All our developments have communal spaces where you can spend time with friends and neighbours. You can share a pot of tea in the restaurant or have a chat in the garden. There’s always something happening. Coffee mornings, singing sessions and games nights are just some of the social activities you can take part in if you want to. 

Elderly ladies walking together and laughing - customer photo shoot - October 2017

Shared spaces and services

Although each of our developments is different, they all have shared on-site facilities. Besides communal lounges, gardens and laundry rooms, they may have a restaurant, hair salon, treatment rooms, and offer a meal delivery service. Most have a guest apartment you can book if family come to visit.

  • Why should I rent or buy from you?
    • As members of The Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) our homes, care and support services meet the high standards of the ARCO Consumer Code.
    • Our extra care services have been rated Good by the Care Quality Commission
    • We’re an award-winning landlord dedicated to developing homes and services that enable people to live independent, healthy, fulfilling lives.
    • We work closely with local councils to make sure we’re building homes and providing services that are what people really need. 
  • Am I eligible to rent or buy housing for older people?

    You need to be either over 55 or over 60 to be eligible - it depends on the housing development. For some developments, you may be able to apply if you’re younger and you have a disability.

    There will also be some financial criteria you need to meet. Check with your local council about these. 

  • Where are your developments?
  • How do I apply?

    Use the search box above to find home near you. To apply for a place at any of our older people housing developments: 

    • Register your interest with the Housing or Social Services department of your local council or
    • Contact our Lettings team on 020 8825 1717
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Intermediate rent
If you have any questions about intermediate rent, call us on 020 8825 1981.

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