Membership of a housing co-operative is open to anyone who is in genuine need of housing or re-housing. You must be willing and able to accept the responsibilities of membership and the accommodation available must be appropriate for you.
The gateway to membership of a housing co-operative is through being included on your Local Authority’s housing waiting list. Existing Local Authority tenants may also be considered, subject to a previous good tenancy record.
When a local co-operative vacancy occurs, or when a new co-operative housing project is being developed, applicants for co-operative housing are sought. Applicants who are interested in co-operative housing as a solution to their housing needs are drawn from the waiting list of the Local Authority area where the house or houses are located.
Social rented co-operative housing is allocated on the basis of Local Authority housing waiting lists only. We do not maintain a separate waiting list for co-operative housing.
The rent for a co-operative social rented home is based on the income and household circumstances of each member. Rents generally range between 15 and 17 per cent of incomes.
More information about applying for housing through your local authority can be found at this link.
A handbook for current co-operative members can be found here.