Skip Navigation

Housing associations and co-operatives

Housing Associations

The role of housing association is to provide accommodation that is affordable, secure and well maintained. Housing associations are not-for-profit landlords who provide housing to rent or sometimes to buy. They can be small or large and may be based locally, regionally or nationally. Some housing associations provide specialist accommodation aimed at specific groups of people such as older people over retirement age and others provide a range of accommodation for all different groups of people.

Housing associations are regulated by the Tenant Services Authority, they ensure that tenants have a say in how their homes are managed.

Due to the limited amount of housing that becomes available we recommend that you register with as many of the housing association as possible. Please apply directly as they all hold their own waiting lists.

There are a number of housing associations offering accommodation to rent in Bury. Listed below are housing associations that offer this accommodation.

We have a nomination agreement with all housing associations that have properties in the borough of Bury. We have nomination rights to 50% of all housing association vacancies. Any applicant registered on our housing register, who has expressed an interest, will be nominated to housing association vacancies if they have sufficient priority on the housing register. Alternatively, you may also apply direct to a housing association.

Housing Co-operatives

A Tenant Management Organisation or Housing Co-operative is a means by which council or housing association tenants and leaseholders can collectively take on responsibility for managing the homes they live in.

Those resident members of the TMO create an independent legal body and usually elect a tenant led management committee to run the organisation. The TMO can then enter into a legal management agreement (contract) with the landlord. The TMO is paid annual management and maintenance allowances in order to carry out the management duties that are delegated to them.

TMOs can take different forms and sizes. Many are tenant management co-operatives - using co-op rules. Others may take the form of not-for-profit companies. Some TMOs manage just a handful of homes while others manage large estates of two or three thousand properties. The small TMOs may rely mainly on voluntary effort but most employ staff such as housing managers, caretakers and repair workers.

The services managed by the TMO vary with local circumstances but may include day-to-day repairs, allocations and lettings, tenancy management, cleaning and caretaking, and rent collection.

We have one Housing Co-operative in the borough. Springs TMO manage the council housing located on the Springs estate in Fishpool, Bury.

Bury Council's Nomination Agreement

The nominations agreement is a legal agreement with all the associations operating in the borough.

The agreement reflects the points contained in the guidance paper, 'Effective Co-Operation in Tackling Homelessness: Nomination Agreements and Exclusions', which was issued jointly by the Communities and Local Government, Housing Corporation, the National Housing Federation, and the Local Government Association in November 2004. 

The Joint Commissioning Partnership

The Joint Commissioning Partnership is between Bury Council, the Homes and Communities Agency (formerly Housing Corporation), Great Place Housing Group, St Vincent's Housing Association, Johnnie Johnson Housing Association and Six Town Housing. It was established to create a more holistic approach to affordable housing provision in the borough.

In Bury there are eighteen housing associations in operation and it was felt that establishing such a partnership would enable Bury Council to keep a handle on the affordable housing developments and to ensure that strategic objectives are being met.

The Aims and Rationale for the Partnership:

  • To increase the provision of affordable quality housing throughout the Borough of Bury.
  • To agree and support a programme of bids by Housing Associations to the Homes and Communities Agency for funding under the National Affordable Housing Programme for the provision of affordable quality housing in the Borough.
  • To share information and good practice to improve housing management performance, development processes and repair and maintenance costs via benchmarking exercises and quarterly meetings of the partnership.
  • To hold open and collaborative discussions about the Council's Land Development Programme in relation to new affordable housing development.
  • To seek to maximise provision for section 106 agreements and to contribute to the development protocol for distribution of commuted sums for affordable housing.
  • To consult with the Housing Associations when the Council writes a new Supplementary Planning Document relating to the provision of affordable housing.
  • To support the implementation of the aims of the Community Strategy, Housing Strategy/Strategic Housing Delivery Statements, Affordable Housing Strategy, Black and Minority Ethnic Housing Strategy, the Homeless Strategy and other key related strategies.
  • To promote sustainability, innovation and best practice in affordable quality housing.
  • To agree protocols aimed at increasing both the stock holding and influence of partner associations in respect of the identified specialist areas.

Housing association contact details

  • Abbeyfield Housing Association, Farraday House, 68-70 Tottington Road, Bury, BL8 1LL.
    Telephone: 0161 761 2964.
  • AKSA Housing Association, AKSA House, 2 Medtia Square, Phoenix Street, Oldham, OL1 1AN.
    Telephone: 0161 620 2992.
  • Alpha Homes, Thursby House, 1 Thursby Road, Croft Business Park, Bromborough, Wirral. CH62 3PW
    Telephone: 0151 346 1598.
  • Anchor Retirement Housing, Milestone Place, 100 Bolton Road, Bradford, BD1 4DH.
    Telephone: 01274 381600.
  • ARCON Housing Association, 12 Lloyd Street, Manchester, M2 5ND.
    Telephone: 0161 214 4120.
  • Contour Housing, Quay Plaza 2, 1st Floor - Lowry Mall, Salford, M50 3AH.
    Telephone: 0345 602 1120.
  • Great Places Housing Group, Southern Gate, 729 Princess Road, Manchester, M20 2LT.
    Telephone: 0300 123 1966.
  • Guinness Northern Counties, Bower House, 1 Stable Street, Hollinwood, Oldham, OL9 7LH.
    Telephone: 0845 605 9000
  • Housing 21, Unit 9, Avro Court, Ermine Business Park, Huntingdon, PE29 6WG.
    Telephone: 0345 6066363.
  • Irwell Valley Housing Association, Unit 2, Wadsworth Commercial Park, Bridgeman Street, Bolton, BL3 6SR. 
    Telephone: 08000 352212.
  • Johnnie Johnson Housing, Astra House, Spinners Lane, Poynton, Cheshire, SK12 1GA.
    Telephone: 0845 604 1095.
  • Muir Housing Group, Muir Customer Services, Oakmere House, Mere's Edge, Helsby, Cheshire, WA6 0DJ.
    Telephone: 01928 728 000.
  • Places For People, 179 Royce Road, Hulme, Manchester. M15 5TJ.
    Telephone: 0800 432 0002.
  • Prestwich & North Western Housing Association, 24 Rectory Green, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1BG.
    Telephone: 0161 773 5219.
  • Sanctuary Housing,164 Birmingham Road, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 6QG.
    Telephone: 0800 288 9782.
  • St. Vincent's Housing Association, 1st Floor Metropolitan House, 20 Brindley Road, Manchester.M16 9HQ
    Telephone: 0161 772 2120
  • Regenda,Regenda House, Enterprise Business Park, Northgate Close, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 6PQ.
    Telephone: 0844 7360066.
  • Your Housing Group, Gilmour House, 95 Wood Lane, Partington, Manchester, M31 4LW. Telephone: 0161 775 8421.