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Seaside & Country Homes

The Mayor of London’s Seaside & Country Homes scheme offers older tenants of councils or housing associations in London the opportunity to move away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Seaside & Country Homes bungalows at Burnham-on-Crouch

The scheme helps around 200 households to move from London each year to bungalows or flats in desirable seaside and countryside locations. Some of those who have moved in the past chose to do so to be closer to family or friends. Others have sought out locations where they spent childhood holidays or about which they have other happy memories. For many, the appeal lies in a quieter, more relaxed way of life, living among people of a similar age.

As well as giving older people the opportunity to move to a new area, the scheme helps homeless and overcrowded families in London. This is because it gives them the chance to move into the homes vacated by those people who move to the seaside or countryside. For this reason, priority is given to Seaside & Country Homes applicants who will free up the most bedrooms.

People who move through the scheme become a tenant of the housing association that manages the property. They pay a social rent and their former tenancy rights are protected. Seaside & Country Homes tenants do not have the Right to Buy.

The scheme is operated by the Mayor of London and is funded by the London boroughs.

Detailed information about the scheme can be found in our Seaside & Country Homes Scheme Guide and Seaside & Country Homes Areas and Properties Guide. Please contact us if you would like us to send you hard copies of these.

About the properties

Over 3,000 properties, mainly two bedroom bungalows and one and two bedroom flats, are exclusively available to London’s social tenants aged 60 or more. These are dotted all along the south coast, from Cornwall in the south west to Norfolk and Lincolnshire in the east, and across the countryside from Dorset to Cambridgeshire to Shropshire. Many have private gardens or outdoor communal areas and are in peaceful, purpose built developments. They are ideal for single people, couples or others who have retired or wish to do so.

Our Seaside & Country Homes Areas and Properties Guide gives you much more detail about the areas in which the properties are located, as well as the properties themselves. This includes which areas are in the highest demand. It may help you decide which areas and schemes you would prefer to live in.