Housing in Sunderland

Your Guide to Social Housing in Sunderland: Find Your Home

Sunderland Social Housing: Your Complete Guide to Affordable Homes

Social housing in Sunderland offers an affordable and secure housing option for individuals and families who meet specific criteria. This comprehensive guide will navigate you through the process of finding your new home in Sunderland’s social housing sector. We will also highlight how you can start a housing disrepair claim.

Understanding Social Housing

Social housing in Sunderland encompasses various options to cater to different needs and preferences. Council Housing, directly owned and managed by Sunderland City Council, provides affordable homes for eligible residents. Housing Association Properties, owned and managed by independent organizations, offer another avenue for secure and affordable housing. Additionally, the Shared Ownership scheme presents an opportunity for aspiring homeowners to purchase a share of a property while paying rent on the remaining portion, facilitating a pathway to homeownership.

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Types of Social Housing in Sunderland

Several types of social housing are available in Sunderland:

  • Council Housing: These properties are owned and directly managed by Sunderland City Council.
  • Housing Association Properties: These properties are owned and managed by independent, not-for-profit organizations that work closely with the council to provide affordable housing.
  • Shared Ownership: This scheme allows you to buy a share of a property while paying rent on the remaining portion, making homeownership more attainable.

Who is Eligible for Social Housing in Sunderland?

Eligibility for social housing in Sunderland depends on various factors, including:

  • Local Connection: You must have a strong connection to Sunderland, such as living or working in the area for a specified period.
  • Housing Need: You must demonstrate a genuine need for housing, such as being homeless, overcrowded, or living in unsuitable accommodation.
  • Income and Savings: Your income and savings must fall below specific thresholds.
  • Other Factors: Priority may be given to certain groups, such as those with disabilities, elderly individuals, or families with children.

How to Apply for Social Housing in Sunderland

To apply for social housing in Sunderland, you need to join the “Sunderland Homefinder” scheme. This is a choice-based lettings system that allows you to bid on available properties that match your needs and preferences. Follow these steps to apply:

  1. Register with Sunderland Homefinder: Create an account on the Sunderland Homefinder website and provide all required information.
  2. Complete Your Housing Application: Fill out a detailed housing application form, including your personal details, household composition, income, and housing needs.
  3. Start Bidding on Properties: Browse available properties on the Sunderland Homefinder website and bid on those that suit your requirements.
  4. Attend Viewings: If your bid is successful, you will be invited to view the property before making a final decision.
  5. Sign Your Tenancy Agreement: If you accept the property, you will sign a tenancy agreement with the council or housing association.

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Tips for Finding Social Housing in Sunderland

Finding social housing in Sunderland can be competitive, so here are some tips to increase your chances of success:

  • Be Flexible: Consider different types of properties and locations to widen your options.
  • Bid Regularly: Bid on as many suitable properties as possible to increase your chances of being shortlisted.
  • Keep Your Profile Updated: Ensure your Sunderland Homefinder profile is up-to-date with your current circumstances and preferences.
  • Contact Housing Associations Directly: In addition to bidding on properties through Sunderland Homefinder, contact housing associations directly to inquire about their available properties.
  • Seek Advice: If you need assistance, contact Sunderland City Council’s Housing Options Team for guidance and support.

Your Rights as a Social Housing Tenant

As a social housing tenant in Sunderland, you have specific rights and responsibilities:


  • Security of Tenure: You have the right to live in your property as long as you abide by the terms of your tenancy agreement.
  • Repairs and Maintenance: Your landlord is responsible for maintaining the property and carrying out necessary repairs.
  • Fair Rent: Your rent should be affordable and set according to specific guidelines.
  • Respect and Privacy: You have the right to be treated with respect and to have your privacy protected.


  • Paying Rent on Time: You must pay your rent on time and in full.
  • Keeping the Property Clean and Tidy: You are responsible for keeping the property clean and in good condition.
  • Respecting Neighbors: You must respect your neighbors and avoid causing any nuisance.
  • Reporting Repairs Promptly: You must report any repairs needed to your landlord promptly.

Making a Housing Disrepair Claim with National Claims

At National Claims, we understand that living in a state of disrepair can significantly impact your well-being and quality of life. We specialise in assisting tenants in navigating the often complex process of making housing disrepair claims.

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We understand that dealing with housing disrepair can be overwhelming. That’s why we offer a free consultation to discuss your specific situation. We’ll listen to your concerns, review any evidence you’ve gathered (photos, correspondence, etc.), and assess the severity of the disrepair and connect you with the right solicitor.

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National Claims believes that everyone deserves access to justice when they’ve been harmed by medical negligence. We operate on a “No Win, No Fee” basis, meaning there are no upfront legal fees for you to worry about. Our fees are contingent upon the success of your claim, allowing you to pursue your case with peace of mind.

*Customers pay up to 25% (incl. VAT) of the amount recovered towards solicitor costs and if you cancel outside your cooling off period, you may be charged a fee.

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