If you are looking for a home or moving into the area there a number of options available in Sunderland.

Social housing

Registered providers (often known as social landlords) are the bodies that own and manage social housing. They tend to be non-commercial organisations such as housing associations or local authorities (please note Sunderland City Council has no housing stock). Housing associations are independent, not-for-profit organisations that can use any profit they make to maintain existing homes and help finance new ones. Gentoo is the largest registered provider in Sunderland.

Registered social landlords (RSL) will offer a range of services and products to help and assist the tenant to maintain their tenancy.

These services range from providing repairs which ensure your home is kept to a safe standard to mutual exchanges which allow customers to exchange properties directly with other customers.

Please see the list of registered housing associations.

You can also complete a housing application form (pdf) to apply to the council to be considered for nomination to a housing association or registered housing provider for one of their empty homes.  Read more on the Council's allocation scheme (pdf).

Consultation on Sunderland's Housing Allocation Scheme

Sunderland City Council is updating its Housing Allocation Scheme. Changes being made reflect changes the Government has made, including through the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

A public consultation took place between October and December 2018 to ask for views on this and how we can make the system easier to use by moving to a system where you bid for properties, rather than being nominated for them through the council.   

This consultation is now closed and we are considering all responses. Findings from the consultation and the new Housing Allocation Scheme will be published later in the year.

Private landlords

Private landlords are individuals or companies who own property that is entirely independent of the local authority and the registered social landlord sector.

Some own only a small number of properties while others own significant numbers. Sometimes these properties are managed by a letting agent who deals with the tenants on behalf of the landlord. Private properties can be found from various sources and these range from agents which can be found throughout the city to web sites.

Please be aware that a bond, rent in advance and admin fee may be required to secure a private tenancy so ensure you check what is required when applying for a property.

From 1 December 2016, landlords or agents in England could be charged with a criminal offence if they know, or have reasonable cause to believe, that they are letting to an illegal migrant, therefore landlords will carry out right to rent checks on applicants.

You can find further information on right to rent 

Find further information on tenancy agreements. This includes the rights and obligations of tenants and landlords, and covering sham tenancies and unfair tenancy agreements.

If you would like any more advice, you may find the links below useful:

Housing benefit and council tax support

Debt and money advice


Housing local services

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