Seaside & Country Homes offers older tenants of London’s councils and housing associations the opportunity to move away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Seaside and Country Homes
How does the scheme work?
The scheme helps around 150 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.
Who’s eligible to participate in the scheme?
Seaside & Country Homes is open to people living in council or housing association properties in London where at least one member of the household is age 60 or above.
Any members of the household who are under 60 years of age must be either the partner, joint tenant or registered carer of the lead applicant. Second applicants aged under 60 are not able to become joint tenants of, or have succession rights to, Seaside and Country Homes properties. We are unable to consider applications from more than two people.
Applicants should have no rent arrears or history of anti-social behaviour, and should not be going through possession proceedings or being evicted.
The Seaside & Country Homes scheme is very popular, so we cannot guarantee a move to everyone who applies. People freeing up the largest homes are given the greatest priority. If your current home has one or two bedrooms you are likely to be successful only if you are willing to move to a lower demand area.
Which locations and properties are available?
Over 3,000 properties, mainly two bedroom bungalows and one and two bedroom flats, are exclusively available to eligible applicants. These are dotted all along the south coast, from Cornwall in the south west to Norfolk and Lincolnshire in the east. Places are also available 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.
How do I apply?
It is very important that you read our Seaside & Country Homes Scheme Guide and Seaside & Country Homes Areas and Properties Guide before you make your application. The Scheme Guide will help you consider whether moving from London is right for you. It will also tell you about what will happen once you have applied for the scheme.
If you would like to apply, you can fill in an application form online, or you can download an application form, complete it and send it back to us. Please contact us if, having looked at these guides, you would like us to help you to complete your application.
Alternatively you can pick up an application form from your landlord or local council’s housing office, or contact us and we will send one to you.
If you complete a paper or downloaded application form, please send it to us by post or email it to us as an attachment. Please note that your application will be dealt with more quickly if you apply online.
Does the scheme benefit other Londoners?
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. This is why priority is given to Seaside & Country Homes applicants who will free up the most bedrooms.
Information for social landlords about the scheme
All London boroughs currently participate in the Seaside & Country Homes scheme. Marketing material to help boroughs and housing associations to promote the scheme and assist their tenants is available below. We are happy to attend local housing options and other events that you may be organising, to speak to tenants direct about the scheme.
Please contact us if you would like hard copies of any of the material or would like us to attend a local event. Alternatively, for more information, please visit our Seaside & Country Homes FAQs page.