Grampian Housing Association
Established in 1975, Grampian Housing Association now provides services to over 3,000 households in the North East of Scotland. Independently and through a variety of partnership, homes are provided to meet the housing needs of a wide range of client groups including single people, couples, families, older people and people with particular needs.
As well as providing quality homes for rent, the Association participates in low cost home ownership initiatives including shared ownership and shared equity. Market and mid-market rental opportunities are provided through the Association’s subsidiary company Kirkgate Developments Ltd.
Grampian Housing Association is registered as a Registered Social Landlord (RSL) with the Scottish Government under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001. It is a Registered Scottish Charity (No. SC042023). The Association is also registered with the Financial Services Authority under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 and the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
Langstane Housing Association
Langstane Housing Association was established in 1977. The association is registered as a Registered Social Landlord with Communities Scotland and currently provide housing for over 1,000 tenants throughout Moray and Aberdeenshire.
Langstane also have charitable status and operate in accordance with this.
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.
Langstane Housing Association is committed to working with local councils, support agencies and other housing providers to increase the provision of good quality affordable housing throughout Grampian for single people, couples and families.
Langstane Housing Association’s Head Office is at 680 King Street, Aberdeen, although there is also an area office at 7 North Guildry Street, Elgin. IV30 1JR for the provision of housing services to tenants and applicants in Moray.
Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership
The AHP Group incorporates Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership (AHP) and Moray Housing Partnership (MHP) which are Independent Housing Associations, with shared objectives based on providing and managing high quality housing across the North East of Scotland. Both organisations are not for profit businesses.
AHP independently own and manages approximately 1000 properties across the whole of Aberdeenshire. Properties include a range of mainstream housing of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom houses and flats, in addition a very sheltered housing scheme and a number of smaller supported accommodation schemes for those with learning and physical disabilities.
AHP is committed to growth and to providing a range of high quality affordable housing.
Homehunt NES is a choice based letting system. This means instead of keeping a waiting list, properties are advertise and prospective tenants decide if they want to bid for them.
Castlehill Housing Association and Tenants First Housing Co-operative Ltd are working together with Homehunt to allocate their empty properties. Below is a brief summary about both organisations.
Castlehill Housing Association was formed in 1970 and provides rented accommodation for single people and families, sheltered and very sheltered for the over 60’s and shared ownership housing and flats for older people. Castlehill is a registered charity and is regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator. Castlehill is governed by a Management Committee.
Tenants First was formed in 2000 and became part of the Sanctuary Housing Group in 2012. Tenants First has over 600 properties in Aberdeenshire providing general needs accommodation for single people and families and sheltered housing. Tenants First promotes tenant involvement by giving tenants the opportunity to become a member of the Tenants First Members Co-operative which was formed in 2012 to represent the interest of tenants.
Moray Housing Partnership
Moray Housing Partnership (MHP) are part of the AHP Group – incorporating MHP and Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership (AHP) with shared objectives based on providing and managing high quality housing across the North East of Scotland. Both organisations are not for profit businesses.
MHP independently own and manages almost 500 properties across Moray. Properties include a range of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses and flats and some purpose built wheelchair adapted properties in various communities in the Moray Area.
MHP is committed to growth and to providing a range of high quality affordable housing.
Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association
Hanover (Scotland) was formed as an independent, non-profit making, charitable organisation in 1979 and is registered as a housing association with Communities Scotland. Hanover manages homes for more than 830 households in Aberdeenshire and Moray offering the choice of rented, shared ownership and fully owned housing.
Hanover specialise in housing for older people but also have a very small number of developments providing housing for families often designed around a cul-de-sac or courtyard to provide a safer environment for children and pets. Fairwinds Place, Peterhead allocations are now 100% nominations from Aberdeenshire Council.
All developments aim to meet the individual housing and support needs of people in a sensitive and dignified way, ensuring they are able to retain their independence, live within a local community and enjoy as much privacy or company as they desire.
Aberdeenshire Council are the largest provider of housing in the Apply4Homes partnership and own approximately 13,000 properties. The Council area extends to 6,313 sq km (2,437 square miles) and serves a population of approximately 250,000.
The Council allocates housing based on housing need which is assessed using a priority banding matrix in accordance with its allocation policy which is available on the council’s website. The council allocate approximately 1,100 properties per year, however have very long waiting lists due to demand and the turnover of family sized housing is particularly slow.
The Council also provides a service to help those who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.
In addition to directly providing Council houses, the Housing Service has a duty to plan housing provision throughout Aberdeenshire, in partnership with Housing Associations, Scottish Government, the NHS, Enterprise agencies and private developers.
The Moray Council
The Moray Council’s Housing Service is the biggest local provider of social rented Housing in Moray. We own and maintain approximately 5,900 properties.
We allocate housing based on housing need. Our allocation policy aims to tackle housing need in Moray. This policy helps us decide who we think is in most need of housing and how to make the best use of the housing we have available. We assess each applicant’s housing need and award set levels of points for different types of housing circumstances (for example, overcrowding or lack of facilities) and personal circumstances (for example, medical points). The number of points that we give an application will decide a person’s place on the housing list. In line with our policy, we will assess everyone in a fair and consistent way and will treat everyone applying equally.
There is a lack of affordable housing in Moray. One of the reasons for this shortage has been the effect of the Right to Buy policy. People purchased their Council homes but not enough new homes were built to replace them. In March 2006, the Moray Council was granted pressurised area status in certain areas. The purpose of pressured area status is to protect the amount of affordable rented housing in a Council area and to make sure that there are enough houses for people who need them. It means that for certain tenants living in these areas, the right to buy is suspended for a period of up to five years. Full details are available on our website.
The Moray Council have a downsizing incentive scheme. This is a voluntary scheme. It supports Moray council tenants who live in housing that is too large for their needs to consider moving to a smaller house. If you apply and meet the criteria for the scheme, we offer practical advice and financial help. If you are interested, please phone 0300 1234566.
We try to prevent homelessness and provide housing options together with support to people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.
A Guide to Housing Options in Moray is available on our website. This guide gives details on how to apply for Council housing, Shared Ownership, Home Improvement and Repair Grants, renting in the private sector, Landlords Registration Scheme and much more.
We also have several ‘strategic’ functions in relation to all housing within Moray, not just council houses. Our strategic function includes developing a Local Housing Strategy (LHS). The LHS sets out how we will tackle housing problems within Moray and the resources that are needed and the time in which the various tasks need to be completed. Although we produce the LHS, it is a result of working together with other housing providers, services within the Council, agencies such as NHS Grampian and the public.