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ARK Housing Association Ltd
Barony Housing Association
Blackwood Homes
Cairn Housing Association
Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association
Dunedin Canmore Housing
Hillcrest Housing Association Ltd
Home Scotland Ltd
Hunters Hall Housing Co-Operative Ltd
Link Housing Association
Lothian Homes
Malcolm Homes
Manor Estates Housing Association
Northern Housing Company
Port of Leith Housing Association Ltd
Prospect Community Housing
Trust Housing Association Ltd
Viewpoint Housing Association
West Granton Housing Co-Operative Ltd

Housing Associations & Co-Operatives are not for profit organisations formed to provide and manage affordable homes for rent. They may also provide other services such as shared ownership but any homes you see advertised in this paper will be for rent.

Do they provide security and value for money?

The tenancy agreement they use provides exactly the same rights as that used by the Council. Their rents are roughly the same as ours and where service charges apply these will be displayed in the advert.

Do they provide a repairs service?

Yes in just the same way as the council their repairs service is just a phone call away.

If my bid is successful who will contact me?

The landlord of the home you bid for will contact you direct, arrange for you to view the home, and if you wish to accept, arrange for you to sign the tenancy agreement and make a date for moving in.

Are there any more Housing Associations & Co-Operatives likely to start advertising their homes?

Due to the success of the trial period there are now 15 Housing Associations and Co-Operatives advertising through EH Your Key to Choice.

Do I have the right to buy?

In the majority of circumstances if you accept a Housing Association or Co-Operative home you will not have the right to buy your home.

If you require further information on your right to buy eligibility it is important that you discuss this with the Housing Association before you sign your new tenancy agreement.

Do you have any views about Housing Associations & Co-Operatives joining us in EH Your Key To Choice? Do you think it is a good thing? Do you know enough about Housing Associations & Co-Operatives or would you like to know more. E-mail your views, questions and comments to: edindex@edinburgh.gov.uk. We will be happy to answer any queries you have. Alternatively telephone 0131 529-7634.

ARK Housing Association LtdARK Housing Association Ltd
ARK Housing Association Ltd has 72 general needs homes in Edinburgh. The homes are all flats ranging in size from bedsits to 4 bedrooms. Turnover is very low however, when vacancies arise in Edinburgh we will advertise through Key to Choice.

ARK is primarily a care and support provider and delivers these and housing services to people with varying and complex needs in 13 Local Authority areas in the east of Scotland.

Our Head Office is based in Edinburgh and our housing team can be contacted on 0131 447 9027 or at housing@arkha.org.uk

ARK Housing Association Ltd
The Priory
Canaan Lane
EH10 4SG
Web: www.arkha.org.uk

Barony Housing AssociationBarony Housing Association
Barony Housing Association has only 28 one and two bedroom flats in Edinburgh and therefore the turnover of tenancies for let is normally very low. All vacancies will however be advertised through EH Your Key to Choice.

Barony is a charitable housing association that also provides accommodation in other areas of central Scotland as well as care & support services via another arm of the organisation.

Housing staff are based at Canal Court, 40 Craiglockhart Avenue, Edinburgh, EH14 1LT and can be contacted on 0845 140 7777 or at info@baronyha.org.uk

Barony Housing Association
Canal Court
40 Craiglockhart Avenue
EH14 1LT
Tel: 0845 140 7777
Web : www.baronyha.org.uk

Blackwood HomesBlackwood Homes
Blackwood Homes aims to provide accessible and affordable housing to disabled and non-disabled people, with different levels of support and care where needed.

The Association has over 1,500 homes ranging from studio flats to five bedroom houses, in 90 small, mixed community developments across Scotland.

In Edinburgh we have just over 200 homes situated within 10 developments throughout the City. These homes are primarily general needs housing but we have two developments which offer alarm with cord and a housing support service from the Association’s own in-house service if required.

We allocate our homes based on housing need or housing and support needs.

For further information on our homes within Edinburgh please log onto our website at www.mbha.org.uk or by telephone our housing services section on 08457 125865

Blackwood Homes
Craigievar House
77 Craigmount Brae
EH12 8XF
Tel: 08457 125865
Email: housing@mbha.org.uk
Web: www.mbha.org.uk

Cairn Housing AssociationCairn Housing Association
"Cairn HA will provide good quality affordable homes and services in communities where people want to live"

Cairn Housing Association has been in existence for more than thirty years and has nearly 3000 homes under management throughout Scotland. We have offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Coatbridge and Thurso.

In Edinburgh Cairn HA has various types of accommodation to meet a range of needs including: general needs housing, amenity, sheltered and very sheltered housing. We also have two care homes in Edinburgh.

Our staff provide a comprehensive housing management and responsive repairs service to our tenants from our centrally located office at: 43 London Street, Edinburgh EH3 6LX. Tel: 0131 556 4511.

Further information on the location of our homes in Edinburgh can be found by logging onto the Housing Options Guide at www.edinburgh.gov.uk or by logging onto our website at www.cairnha.com . You may also wish to telephone or drop into our office where our staff will be happy to assist you.

Cairn Housing Association
65 Haymarket Terrace
Edinburgh, EH12 5HD
Tel: 0131 556 4511
Web: www.cairnha.com

Castle Rock Edinvar Housing AssociationCastle Rock Edinvar Housing Association
Castle Rock Edinvar aims to create places where people want to live.

Castle Rock and Edinvar Housing Associations merged in August 2005 as part of the Places for People Group.

Our staff are committed to providing a customer focussed service from our area offices in Hay Avenue, Craigmillar; Wellgate House in central Edinburgh; Pentland House, Livingston and Main Street, Newtongrange.

We manage around 5500 homes throughout Edinburgh, the Lothians, Clackmannan, Stirling and East Dunbartonshire to meet a wide range of housing needs.

In Edinburgh we have around 3000 homes from studio flats to 4 bedroom houses that provide a mixture of general, amenity, wheelchair standard and sheltered housing.

Our contact centre provides a 24 hour service for tenants to report repairs at a time convenient to them.

We encourage tenants to get involved and shape our services.

You can obtain further information on the type and location of our homes in Edinburgh by logging onto the Housing Options Guide at www.edinburgh.gov.uk or by contacting our Home Finder Team on tel: 0131 657 0679.

Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association
1 Hay Avenue
Edinburgh, EH16 4RN
Tel: 0131 657 0679
Web: www.placesforpeople.co.uk

Dunedin Canmore HousingDunedin Canmore Housing Association Ltd
The Dunedin Canmore Group is a key provider of housing and related services in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife, with approximately 4,000 homes.

Dunedin Canmore Housing - a registered Scottish charity (SCO34572), is part of this group and provides a wide range of homes and related services on a not-for-profit basis. As well as families, DCHA provides housing and support to single people, couples, older people, wheelchair users, ethnic minorities and people with varying support needs.

You can obtain further information on the type and location of our homes in Edinburgh by logging onto the Housing Options Guide at www.edinburgh.gov.uk, by contacting our Allocations Team on 478 8888 or by emailing: allocations@dunedincanmore.org.uk

Dunedin Canmore Housing
8 New Mart Road
Edinburgh, EH14 1RL
Tel: 0131 478 8888
Web: www.dunedincanmore.org.uk

Hillcrest Housing Association LtdHillcrest Housing Association Ltd
We are one of Scotland's largest regional Housing Associations, with over 40 years experience of managing and developing quality housing. We are a non-profit making registered social landlord with charitable status.

We provide a comprehensive range of affordable accommodation, specialising in general needs housing for families, couples and single person households. We provide a tenancy support service to people who are vulnerable to homelessness through tenancy breakdown, or those who are experiencing difficulties and feel they are not coping well. From our offices in Dundee, Edinburgh, Arbroath and Perth we currently manage around 6,000 homes for rent and low cost home ownership.

Hillcrest Housing Association Ltd
126 Canongate
Edinburgh, EH8 8DD
Tel: 0300 123 2640
Web: www.hillcrestha.org.uk

Home Scotland LtdHome Scotland Ltd
With around 3,000 homes, Home Scotland is one of the country’s leading providers of affordable housing and tenancy support.

In Edinburgh, the organisation currently owns and manages 228 homes in the Southhouse area, Robertson Gait, Giles Street and Burdiehouse Street, and over the next couple of years, it will build over 100 new homes in the city.

Work is progressing on Home Scotland’s biggest-ever new build social rented housing development in the city, in Elbe Street, and when completed in early 2009, it will provide 88 much-needed affordable homes for rent.

A further 40 affordable homes are also to be built as part of the redevelopment of the Telford College Campus sites in Telford Road.

Home Scotland is interested in so much more than just housing provision and is committed to the development and improvement of the communities it serves.

Community activities in areas like Southhouse are fully intergrated into Home Scotland’s core business and it encourages all of its tenants to become actively involved in their communities and make a real difference.

Through its Home Support service, Home Scotland also provides housing-led support, including advice on money management and debt advice, to tenants who may struggle to maintain their tenancy, helping them avoid the risk of homelessness.

This service provides support for between six months and two years, after which time individuals should have gained the skills and confidence to be able to cope independently within the community.

Home Scotland Ltd
Unit 3, Q Court
Quality Street, Davidson’s Mains
Edinburgh, EH4 5BP
Free Phone : 0800 587 4218
Tel: 0131 336 5876
Web: www.homeinscotland.org.uk

Hunters Hall Housing Co-Operative LtdHunters Hall Housing Co-Operative Ltd
Hunters Hall Housing Co-operative will support and encourage tenants to create a safe environment, within a friendly and welcoming community.

We will provide affordable, well-maintained houses.

We will promote community ownership of our houses and encourage the active participation of Co-Operative tenants and their families in the management of their houses and environment.

Hunters Hall Housing Co-operative has 201 homes in the Niddrie House area of Craigmillar in East Edinburgh. We have both houses and flats, which range in size from 1 bedroom to 4 bedrooms. Our houses are available to rent only and we do not offer the Right to Buy to tenants.

We are a Fully Mutual Housing Co-operative, this means that only Members can become tenants. If you are short-listed for housing with us, we will invite you to a membership interview, conducted by two Committee Members. This is an informal interview which covers such things as why you wish to become a member and how you would handle certain situations if you became a tenant. You will not be asked about your housing circumstances. Our Management Committee will then either accept or refuse your membership application. The membership fee is £1.00, payable only if you become a tenant.

If you believe we have not dealt with your application properly or if you disagree with a decision we have made, we encourage you to contact us. Our Service Complaints and Appeals policies can be collected from our office.

Hunters Hall Housing Co-Operative Ltd
77 Niddrie House Drive
Edinburgh, EH16 4TR
Tel: 0131 657 3379

Link Housing AssociationLink Housing Association
Link Housing Association is part of the Link group of award-winning social enterprise companies. We serve over 10,000 customers across 26 Scottish local authorities – making us one of the largest social landlords in Scotland.

We have been providing high quality, affordable homes in Edinburgh for over 50 years. Today, we have over 1000 houses and flats for affordable rent across the city.

Our aim is to improve the lives of more people and we do this by providing homes that people want to live in and by delivering high quality services that are affordable – especially to people on low incomes.

We are committed to delivering the best possible standards of service and support and work hard to respond to your needs and aspirations.

As a Link tenant you will receive a tenant handbook, which provides useful information about Link Housing and your tenancy, and a twice yearly newsletter which keeps you up to date with all the latest news.

Our Customer Service Centre is your first point of all for all enquiries, rent arrears, billing and income collection services. We have a dedicated in-house repairs team, Link Property, who deal with any repairs requests as well as an accredited advice service which can help you with a range of benefit, welfare and money issues.

For more information about our properties get in touch:

Link Housing Association
Watling House
Callendar Business Park
Falkirk, FK1 1XR
Telephone: 03451 400 100
Email: csc@linkhaltd.co.uk
Web: www.linkhousing.org.uk

Live Smart @ Home provides stylish but affordable homes that are designed to have that all-important 'wow' factor.

We also offer creative and unique solutions designed to help young professionals and families in particular, onto the property ladder.

Equality and Diversity

Equality and diversity is a key objective of Live Smart. We will treat you with respect, equally and fairly. We will promote best practice in all areas of equality and diversity and will contribute to the elimination of discrimination and take steps to redress its negative effects. We want to make sure that our services reflect the diversity of the communities we work in and are responsive to different needs.

Home Scotland Ltd
Unit 3, Q Court
Quality Street, Davidson’s Mains
Edinburgh, EH4 5BP
Free Phone: 0800 587 4218
Tel: 0131 336 0912
Web: www.livesmarthome.com

Lothian HomesLothian Homes
Lothian Homes is a subsidiary of Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association based in Edinburgh. Part of the Places for People Group, we provide:
  • Good quality accommodation at competitive rents
  • Low-cost home ownership opportunities in thriving communities
  • Residential property factoring services to home-owners and developers
  • Managed commercial premises and events spaces for lease or sale
Lothian Homes
1 Hay Avenue
Edinburgh, EH16 4RN
Tel: 0131 657 0679
Web: www.placesforpeople.co.uk

Malcolm HomesMalcolm Homes
Founded in Edinburgh in 1983 as a company committed to raising the standards in property rental, Malcolm Homes Ltd provides an outstanding cost effective service to all its customers.

The Company has a distinguished history with several years of market leadership and offers a wide selection of quality homes throughout Edinburgh, East Lothian and Fife. Our types of rental homes include:
  • Houses
  • Apartments
  • Mid rent apartments
As a company working with your needs in mind, we also provide at no extra costs to you:
  • Flexible viewing arrangements to meet your needs
  • A dedicated property management team
  • Ground maintenance, building insurance and stair cleaning services
  • A highly trained maintenance department with 24hr emergency call out service
  • FREE agency fee policy, no hidden charges
Our care and assistance is based on our desire to develop and maintain long term relations providing you with the professional service you require.

Malcolm Homes
8 New Mart Road
Edinburgh, EH14 1RL
Tel: 0131 478 8888
Web: www.malcolm-homes.org.uk

Manor Estates Housing AssociationManor Estates Housing Association
Manor Estates Housing Association was formed in 1995, through stock transfer from Scottish Homes. The Association is a Registered Social Landlord and a Scottish Charity (SC023 106).

We own over 900 homes throughout Edinburgh, providing a wide range of housing, including houses and flats for single people and families, and sheltered housing with on-site support for older people.

Our aim is to provide good quality, affordable and sustainable housing and services to meet a wide range of housing needs. We are committed to providing services that are responsive to our customers’ requirements.

We involve tenants in the development of our services in a variety of ways, including our Tenants’ Forum that meets quarterly and newsletters issued to all tenants four times per year.

Further information is available from our office:

Manor Estates Housing Association
11 Washington Lane
EH11 2HA
Tel: 0131 337 3222
Email: info@manorestates.org.uk
Web: www.manorestates.org.uk

Northern Housing CompanyNorthern Housing Company
Northern Housing Company is part of the Hillcrest group of companies. We are a charitable housing provider, specialising in good quality rented residential accommodation for individuals and families on limited incomes.

We have operated in Dundee, Perth and elsewhere over the last 80 years and offer a responsive maintenance service and personable approach to dealing with tenants' queries or problems. This service will be extended to cover the management of mid market rental homes in Edinburgh from September 2011.

Northern Housing Company
126 Canongate
Edinburgh, EH8 8DD
Tel: 0300 123 2640
Web: www.hillcrestha.org.uk

Port of Leith Housing Association LtdPort of Leith Housing Association Ltd
Established in 1975, Port of Leith Housing Association is a registered social landlord and Scottish Charity (SCO27945).

We are the main provider of social rented housing in and around the Leith area, where we have over 2100 homes. These range in size from 1 bedroom to 4 bedrooms and include general needs and amenity, sheltered, wheelchair accessible and shared ownership homes.

We aim to provide high quality homes at a reasonable cost in neighbourhoods where people want to live. In addition to providing good homes for our tenants, we work with community groups to support community services in our area. We also provide a specialised money advice service to assist tenants with financial problems.

We encourage tenant interest in our work and we involve tenants in working groups with staff to improve our services. We keep all tenants up to date with our activities by way of a twice yearly newsletter.

Anyone over 16 years can be considered for housing by us.

You can get further information by contacting us:

Port of Leith Housing Association Ltd
108 Constitution Street
Edinburgh, EH6 6AZ
Tel: 0131 554 0403
Web: www.polha.co.uk
Email: info@polha.co.uk

Prospect Community HousingProspect Community Housing
Prospect Community Housing provides and manages 888 homes for rent in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh.

We’ve got a great mix of tenants – all ages, and all kinds of households.

Set up by local people in 1988, our community attachment will always be strong. We’re still managed by a board made up of people who live in the areas we serve.

As well as providing high quality homes, our aim is to constantly improve our services, through our own efforts and by working with other organisations.

Categories of Housing are Mainstream, Amenity, Shared Ownership and Wheelchair.

Prospect Community Housing
6 Westburn Avenue
Wester Hailes
Edinburgh, EH14 2TH
Tel: 0131 458 5480
Web: www.prospectch.org.uk

Trust Housing Association LtdTrust Housing Association Ltd
Established in 1973 the then Kirk Care Housing Association was formed to assist older people and others in housing need. Our objectives today follow a similar path, and we provide over 2400 homes throughout Scotland with 185 of these homes in Edinburgh (5 Sheltered developments and one Amenity development). We offer a range of rented accommodation for older people and others in housing need. Our name changed to Trust Housing Association in 2004 as well as organisational restructuring.

All of our housing complexes are developed specifically to create a safe and secure environment and enhances quality of life and provides peace of mind.

Trust Housing Association Ltd
12 New Mart Road
Edinburgh, EH14 1RL
Tel: 0131 444 1200
Web: www.trustha.org.uk

Viewpoint Housing AssociationViewpoint Housing Association
Viewpoint HA specialises in accommodation for those over 50 years of age, but also has some general needs accommodation in the Edinburgh areas. Our homes are maintained to a high standard and are a mixture of houses, flats and studios.

The types of housing service we offer are :

Alarmed / Dispersed Alarmed Housing - for people over 50 years of age. There is no on-site staff but homes are linked to an alarm system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These homes also benefit from inactivity monitoring and accommodation is either on ground or first floor or accessible by lifts.

Amenity Housing - for people over 50 years of age with mobility problems. There are no on site staff but accommodation is on ground or first floor levels.

Enhanced Supported Housing - for people over 60 years of age. These homes are again on ground or first floors or accessible by lifts and benefit from on site staff working 7 hours per day 7 days per week. Individual homes are subject to activity monitoring.

Sheltered Housing - for for people over 60 years of age. These homes are again on ground or first floors or accessible by lifts and benefit from on site staff working Monday to Friday each week, 6 hours per day. Individual homes are subject to activity monitoring.

General Needs Housing - for anyone over 16 years of age. In conjunction with the above, Viewpoint may carry out a whole range of services for their tenants ranging from gardening to stair cleaning. These are paid for via a service charge which is paid along with the rent.

If you wish to find out where these are please log on to our website at www.viewpoint.org.uk.

Viewpoint Housing Association
4 South Oswald Road
Edinburgh, EH9 2HG
Tel: 0131 668 4247
Web: www.viewpoint.org.uk

West Granton Housing Co-Operative LtdWestGranton Housing Co-Operative Ltd
WGHC Ltd is a non profit making housing landlord. It was formed in 1990 by local people to improve housing.

It is a fully mutual co-operative housing association so tenants must become members. WGHC is controlled by its tenants through its elected committee of management. This decides strategy and policy and monitors performance.

The purpose of the Co-operative is to provide good quality rented housing at rents affordable to people on low incomes and generally to improve the facilities and quality of life in its area of operation.

WGHC employs staff and also uses consultants and contractors to carry out its daily business. It is an independent organisation and is not connected in any way to the City of Edinburgh Council.

All WGHC's houses are in West Granton and West Pilton, North West Edinburgh.

West Granton Housing Co-Operative Ltd
26 Granton Mill Crescent
Edinburgh, EH4 4UT
Tel: 0131 551 5035
Fax: 0131 551 7235
Email: mail@westgrantonhc.co.uk
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