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Affordable housing: renting

Social rented housing

These are homes let by housing associations at a much lower rent than private landlords.

There are around 4600 rented homes in South Lakeland but only a few hundred vacancies each year.

Affordable rent

These are rents that are higher than social rents but no more than 80% of local market rents. Also known as intermediate rents, they are managed by housing associations.

To apply for either social rented housing or affordable rented housing, you will need to register with Cumbria Choice. This can be done via their website or contacting your local housing association.

For  more specialist housing please see the table below. To apply contact Cumbria County Council on 01228 221 548.

Contacts for housing associations

Please find a list of housing associations below including organisations which specialise in housing for older people and housing for people with supported needs in South Lakeland District.


Housing Associations Contact details General enquiries Housing for older people Housing for people
with supported needs
 South Lakes Housing  0300 303 8540 Yes Yes N/A
 Two Castles  0800 085 1171 Yes N/A N/A
 Impact Housing  03448 736 290 Yes  Yes N/A
 Home Group 08450 606 3033 Yes  N/A N/A
 Eden  0800 183 3948 Yes   N/A N/A
 Abbeyfield Societies  01524 762165   N/A  Yes N/A
 Nine Oaks 015394 444436   N/A  Yes N/A
 Kendal Almhouse Charity  01539 739590   N/A  Yes N/A
 Johnnie Johnson Housing Association  0845 3055335   N/A  Yes N/A
 Plumtree Housing Association  015395 62661   N/A  Yes N/A
 Lake District Housing Association  015394 43016   N/A  Yes N/A
 Pele Housing Association  01539 733319   N/A  Yes N/A
 Gatesbield Quaker Housing Association  015394 445578  N/A  Yes N/A
 The Almhouse Association  01344 452922  N/A  Yes N/A
 Anchor (Cumbria)  0808 2523038     N/A     Yes N/A
 Mayor of Kendal's Homes  01539 724742     N/A     Yes N/A
 Carr-Gomm Housing Association  01539 722875   N/A  N/A Yes
 Stonham Housing Association
(now part of Home Group)
 01539 720082   N/A   N/A Yes
 Leonard Cheshire Disability  01539 739478   N/A  N/A Yes
 New Foundations  01706 835333   N/A  N/A Yes