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Renting from a registered social landlord

Young Family and New HouseHousing associations are ‘not-for-profit’ organisations who offer affordable accommodation. Some specialise in accommodation for particular groups of people such as older people or disabled people. Many are registered social landlords which means they are required to register with the Government.

Housing association rents are generally cheaper than rents with a private landlord, but may be a little higher than council rents. If you rent from a housing association you will most likely have a Scottish secure tenancy.


Common Housing Register - apply4homes

Woman on a LaptopWe are working with Moray Council and housing associations to launch a web-based Common Housing Register (CHR) called apply4homes. Once launched, you will only need to complete one application for housing.

The register will give you a greater choice of locations and wider access to landlords.

Housing Associations and Co-operatives in Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership

AHP logoAberdeenshire Housing Partnership provides affordable housing and manages a very sheltered housing scheme and a number of smaller schemes for those with particular needs.

They manage over 700 properties in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Their properties are located throughout the North East, from Fraserburgh and Portsoy in the north, to Ballater in the west and St Cyrus in the south.

Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership
22 Abercrombie Court
Arnhall Business Park
AB32 6FE
Tel: 01224 548000


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Ark Housing Association Ltd

Ark HousingARK Housing Association provides flexible housing and support to people with learning difficulties and others who require assistance to live independently.

Ark Housing Partnership
The Priory
Canaan Lane
AB10 4SG
Tel: 0131 4479027
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Cairn Housing Association

cairn_163Cairn Housing Association provides affordable housing services to communities throughout Scotland. They have studio and one bedroom flats at their retirement court at Frank Jack Court in Peterhead.

Cairn manages over 3,200 homes with area offices in Bellshill and Inverness, with their head office in Edinburgh.

Cairn Housing Association
North Area Office
Cairn House
30 Waterloo Place
Tel: 0800 990 3405 (free from landlines)
Tel: 0300 456 1245 (local rate from mobiles)

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Castlehill Housing Association

Castlehill HousingCastlehill Housing Association provides rented accommodation for single people and families, sheltered and very sheltered properties for the over 60’s and shared ownership cottages and flats for older people.

Castlehill Housing Association Ltd
4 Carden Place
AB10 1UT
Tel: 01224 625822
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Grampian Housing Association

Grampian HousingGrampian Housing Association provides affordable homes to rent to a range of people, including single people, couples, families, older people and people with special needs.

The Association also takes part in low cost home ownership initiatives including:

  • Shared ownership (a part-rent, part-buy scheme)
  • New Supply Shared Equity scheme which allows applicants to buy an equity share of a new property. Applicants should be first time buyers or have experienced a significant change in circumstances
  • Open Market Shared Equity Pilot scheme which aims to help people on low incomes who wish to purchase a home on the open market but cannot afford to pay the full market price for a property

For further information regarding these schemes call the Grampian Housing Association sales team on freephone 0800 1214496.

The Association accepts applications if you are aged 16 or over.

Grampian Housing Association Ltd
Huntly House
74 Huntly Street
AB10 1TD
Tel: 01224 202900
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Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association

Hanover ScotlandHanover (Scotland) Housing Association mainly specialises in housing for older people, but also has a small number of developments providing housing for families, often designed around a cul-de-sac or courtyards to provide a safer environment for children and pets.

Hanover manages homes for more than 830 households in Aberdeenshire and Moray offering the choice of rented, shared ownership and fully owned housing.

Hanover (Scotland Housing Association Ltd
Northern Area Office
12 Institution Road
IV30 1QX
Tel: 01343 548585


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Langstane Housing Association

Langstane HousingLangstane Housing Association provides affordable rented accommodation to single people, couples and families. The ethos is to provide housing for people who may be disadvantaged in the housing market whilst continuing to contribute to the regeneration and sustainability of communities.

The association is registered as a registered social landlord and currently provide housing for over 1,000 tenants throughout Moray and Aberdeenshire.

Langstane Housing Association Ltd
680 King Street
AB24 1SL
Tel: 01224 423000


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Margaret Blackwood Housing Association

Margaret Blackwood HousingMargaret Blackwood Housing Association provide houses at affordable rents or for shared ownerhip for both disabled and non-disabled people and their families.

They currently have around 1,600 properties ranging from one bedroom flats to five bedroom family houses in 91 small, mixed community developments.

Most of their houses and flats are in small, independent estates of mixed house types, or are individual properties scattered throughout the wider community. They also have 13 developments which offer varying degrees of staff support.

Margaret Blackwood Housing Association Ltd
16 Raeden Court
AB15 5PF
Tel: 01224 326331

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Tenants First Housing Co-operative

Tenants FirstTenants First Housing Co-operative provides affordable accommodation for single people and families. Tenants First was formed in 2000 They have over 600 properties in Aberdeenshire.

Tenants First Housing Co-operative is the largest fully mutual housing co-op in Britain meaning that it is wholly owned by tenants.

Tenants First Housing Co-operative
23 Albert Street
AB25 1XX
Tel: 01224 628400
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Homehunt NES

Homehunt NES LogoCastlehill Housing Association and Tenants First Housing Co-operative have joined together to introduce a new way of allocating properties. Instead of keeping a waiting list, properties are advertised and prospective tenants decide if they want to bid for them. This system of allocating properties is called choice based letting. If you wish to apply only to Homehunt NES you need to complete a short registration form.

The aim of choice based lettings is to increase choice and transparency to applicants through an applicant centred approach that allows households to bid for vacant properties in the social rented sector.

Currently Castlehill Housing Association and Tenants First Housing Co-operative run this scheme through Homehunt North East Scotland (Homehunt NES). The Homehunt NES offices are based at Castlehill Housing Association.

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We work closely with other social landlords to provide housing. We have formal agreements specifying the level of requests which should be made to us for vacant housing association properties.

Usually 50% of vacancies would be offered for allocation to people on our waiting list. If the development is new and we have provided land or funding this can increase to 80 – 100% for the first round of allocations.

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