Rent a home

We currently have a stock of around 140 affordable rental homes in Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Durham.

Our properties are let at 80% of the market rent, to provide truly affordable homes to people that need them.

Our properties are available to anyone who meets our criteria.

We do prioritise applications based on need and we give the highest priority to people who have come through other Changing Lives services.

If you would like to join the waiting list for a TCUK home, please email tcukhomes@changing-lives.org.uk.

Our priorities

We prioritise people who:

  • Have been homeless or are at risk of being made homeless
  • Are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and in particular, people who have been abstinent for over 6 months and are at risk of homelessness
  • Men and women fleeing domestic violence
  • Veterans who are homeless

The assessment process

We meet prospective residents, often with a support worker, to assess their readiness for independent living and to understand their financial status

During this meeting we will provide information on our housing management and repairs services and discuss the weekly rent and the payment options available.

We try to match household size against property size to avoid those tenants in receipt of housing benefit / universal credit from additional housing costs such as Under Occupancy (bedroom tax), although the demand for one bedroom properties generally exceeds the number of vacancies.

If, on meeting with the prospective tenant, it is agreed that we will be able to consider them for a specific vacancy we will generally seek references from previous landlords.

If we consider that a prospective tenant will not be able to sustain their tenancy we will have to put their application on hold; e.g. if someone has drink or alcohol dependency issues we may delay offering a tenancy until they have worked with other Changing Lives services to address their dependency.

We work closely with support agencies and local authorities and notify them of forthcoming vacant properties on a regular basis.  Subsequent referrals generate the majority of prospective tenants for our properties, although we do accept direct applications so long as the applicant meets our criteria.

Support

Our homes are for people who are ready to live independently. However, we want to make sure that people have support to make the best start to their tenancy. We allocate each resident a Housing Officer, who visits six weeks into the tenancy and every six months afterward, to resolve any issues.

Apply now

If you would like to join the waiting list for a TCUK home, please email tcukhomes@changing-lives.org.uk.

Join the TCUK waiting list

If you would like to join the waiting list for a TCUK home, please contact TCUK Homes today.

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