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

Affordable/Social housing

Registered providers (often known as social landlords) are the organisations that own and manage social housing. They tend to be non-commercial, not for profit organisations such as housing associations or local authorities. Registered Providers can use any profit they make to maintain homes and offer a full repairs service, help finance new homes. Some landlords also offer properties without bonds or rent in advance.

Sunderland City Council does not have any housing stock.

There are two ways to apply to become a tenant of a Registered Provider:

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

  2. Apply directly to the Registered Provider. A table of Registered Providers (RPs) which currently operate in Sunderland and the housing stock they have in the city is listed in the table below. This also tells you how to contact these RPs to enquire about becoming a tenant.

  3. Icon for xls List of Registered Providers who operate in the Sunderland Area - December 2018 [43KB]

Sunderland's Housing Allocation Scheme

Sunderland City Council has updated its Icon for pdf Housing Allocation Scheme [295.71KB] which sets out how the council allocates social housing. Changes have been made to reflect changes the Government has made, including through the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017. With regard to assessing priority, it also changes the scheme from a points based system to a banding system.

A public consultation took place between October and December 2018 to ask for views on the scheme and how we can make it easier to use by moving to a system where you bid for properties, rather than being nominated for them through the council. The feedback from this consultation is included below. Work is now being undertaken to move towards a banding system and a system where customers can bid directly for properties.

Icon for pdf Feedback [29.84KB]

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.

Extra care housing

Extra Care housing provides independent living for people over the age of 55 with an assessed care need

Care and support is available on sites and is flexible to meet the needs of each household if required. Usually each apartment has no steps, its own front door, two bedrooms, fully fitted kitchen, living room, a walk in shower room and is suitable for people who need to use wheelchairs.

You and people living in the local community will have access to a restaurant for snacks and meals, book appointments at the hairdressers, meet new people, join in social events, receive on-site health treatments and all schemes are pet friendly.

To apply you must be aged 55 of over and require supported or more appropriate housing, or need a level of personal care, to be considered for extra care housing

Find out more information on Sunderland Information Point

Sheltered accommodation

Sheltered accommodation is accommodation for people aged 55 and over.

The properties are usually a studio or a one bedroom flat or bungalow. These properties have been specially designed for people who have trouble moving around their home.

All properties have a community care alarm so residents can call for help in an emergency. However there is no on-site care team or warden.

There are several different sheltered accommodation schemes in Sunderland

Find out more information on Sunderland Information Point

Supported Living

Supported Living provides housing and support for people with learning disabilities.  and helps them to live in the community independently.

It's suitable for people with all levels of disability as the support is tailored to individual needs, this can be a few hours a day or week to round the clock support to live in their own home.  For others it may be a shared house with friends and support to meet their individual needs.

Find out more information on Sunderland Information Point

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

Sunderland Information Point

Housing benefit and council tax support

Debt and money advice


Housing local services