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Housing Options in Craven

The Housing Options team provide advice for people seeking a home on the options that are available in Craven, and assistance.

Housing Options

Craven is an area of high demand for housing - whether you are looking to buy or rent privately or from a housing association. The Housing Options Service can provide help and advice on the availability and process for accessing both private and social housing including specialist housing such as supported accommodation.

To find out more about the profile of housing in Craven please go to our Housing Need web pages.


Buying a home in Craven

Where to look? If you have the financial means to purchase your own home then you can obtain information on available properties from local estate agent offices or their websites.

Buying the house you rent from a social landlord?

If you are a social housing tenant you may have the right to buy or acquire - to find out more please contact your social landlord.

If you cannot afford a home of your own outright please visit our Low cost home ownership web page for further information.


Renting a home in Craven

There are two options available to you - to either rent from the private sector, or from a housing association which is also known more commonly as social housing.

Private rented options

Where to look? If you want to find a flat or house you can:

  • contact or visit your local estate/lettings agents
  • look in the local newspaper or newsagents/shops
  • visit lettings websites such as Rightmove or On the Market
  • put in "properties to rent" and the area of choice into your internet search engine

When you have found somewhere: You will need to be clear about:

  • who is your landlord and the date the tenancy is due to begin?
  • is the property in a good state of repair?
  • who is responsible for redecoration, repairs etc?
  • how much rent will you be paying - does it include water rates.....etc?
  • do you need to pay a deposit (bond or rent in advance) to secure your tenancy?

For more detailed advice as to what to look for before renting and understanding your rights and responsibilities, please refer to the Government's guide: How to rent - The checklist for renting in England.

Our housing options team may be able to help with advice about tenancy deposit protection or if you can not afford to pay a deposit - we can help you apply for our Bond and Rent in Advance Scheme. If you need help paying your rent - please visit our Local Housing Allowance web page.

Social rented options

Where to look? If you want to find a flat or house you need to:

Please visit our How to apply for social housing web page to find out more.

If you need help paying your rent - please visit our Housing Benefit web page.

If you are an existing social housing tenant - you may be able to "exchange" your home - please visit our Mutual Exchange web page.


Other types of housing

If you can not afford to buy your own home outright or have a need for specialist housing our Housing Options team will be able to help. Further information on other types of housing which may meet your needs are listed below:

  • Supporting People LogoSupported housing

    Supported housing

    Supported housing is for people who need housing related support. People can have their own tenancy and may live independently either on their own or within a scheme.

  • Extra Care ImageExtra care housing

    Extra care housing

    Extra care housing is self-contained accommodation especially designed and built with the needs of people to enable self-care and independent living. It can offer many different levels of support which can be altered as needs change.

  • NYCC Residential Home ImageAdult residential care

    Adult residential care

    A residential care home provides accommodation, meals and personal care for older people, people with disabilities, or people who are unable to manage at home, for whatever reason.

  • Sheltered Housing imageSheltered housing

    Sheltered housing

    Sheltered housing is accommodation especially designed and built with the needs of elderly people in mind. It may also be appropriate for younger people who have a physical disability.