Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the details below of frequently asked questions. Feel free to get in touch with us if you can’t find the answer to your query.

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This is where there are no fees taken from prospective tenants to do any affordability or referencing checks.

Search for no admin fee properties.

Search for no deposit required properties.

Typically in the private sector landlords will ask for a deposit which is usually the same value as one month’s rent. This is to protect them in the event there is damage done to the property that they can claim against for the repairs, or it can be used against unpaid rent.

So when homes are advertised with No Deposit Required it means you do not have to pay this bond.

Housing Associations due to the nature of how they work tend not to charge a deposit for Social Rent or Affordable Rent properties.

This is the same as No Deposit. It is just another way of saying it.

If you are interested in applying for several properties at once you can do so using our Quick Apply function. So there is no need to keep filling in a form for each property you are interested in.

No, but if you choose to apply for several properties you will need to fill out a separate enquiry form for each one.

Quick Apply allows you to submit enquires for several properties at once. So once you have registered with Moving Soon you are able to submit enquiries with the click of a button. No need to fill in forms.

Housing Associations provide these homes on a secure basis.

Most of the time they are available via the Choice Based Lettings Schemes. However, there are occasions where they may be marketed direct to potential tenants.

A key function of social renting is to provide accommodation that is affordable to people on low incomes. The government will limit the rent increases of such homes by law so they are kept affordable.

Social rent will depend on the local council’s allocation scheme. So it may vary area to area. Since the Localism Act 2011, councils can decide who is or isn’t eligible to go on their waiting lists for social housing.

Search for social rent properties.

It is where Housing Associations let their properties at up to 80% of those that would be charged by Private Landlords, Estate Agents and Letting Agents.

Those in need as well as working people.

For example, say you saw a 3 bed house to rent for £500 a month from a Private Landlord or Estate Agent. However, you also noticed a Housing Association had a similar 3 bed house in the same street, but it was on the market for £400 per month as they were marketing it as an Affordable Rent property.

In this instance, you can see that the rental cost of the Housing Association property is 80% the value of the same house being advertised for rent in the same street by the Private Landlord or Estate Agent.

In summary, these affordable rental homes are discounted rentals.

The tenancies typically offered are for a fixed term only and not for life.

Those in need as well as working people.

Affordable rent homes will typically be available to applicants in housing need that have household incomes of up to £71,000 (if moving into one or two bed homes) or £85,000 (if moving into three bed or larger homes).

It depends on which Housing Association is listing the property. They should explain their criteria in the property description. If not, please feel free to get in touch with them direct.

No, the higher rent will be charged for newly-built homes and some existing homes that are being re-let.

The maximum annual rent increase on an affordable rent property will be inflation + 0.5%. This is the maximum a Housing Association can increase the rent during the fixed term of your tenancy. They will rebase the rent on each occasion that a tenancy is renewed, meaning that rents could go up or down depending on market conditions.

No, the higher rent will be charged for newly-built homes and some existing homes that are being re-let.

Residents moving into homes charged at an affordable rent will have the statutory and contractual rights associated with their tenancy type.

So, like current social rent, an affordable rent should still be cheaper than renting privately.

Market rent is essentially a property for rent that will have similar pricing to those offered in the Private Sector by Private Landlords, Estate Agents and Letting Agents.

Rent to buy is a government initiative to help renters in social housing to buy a home.

Shared Ownership is where you part buy and part rent a property. Typically you can buy shares ranging from 25% through to 75% with rent being paid on the remaining share.

This is just another name for Shared Ownership.

You get a mortgage for the percentage of the property you are buying, typically from 20% and rent the remaining part from the Housing Association.

Shared ownership are typically new build homes. It depends on the Housing Provider.

There are different providers who can offer mortgages for a Shared Ownership homes.

Yes, it is similar to buying your house outright. You will still need to have a deposit in place, typically 10% of the share of the property. So, for example, if you were buying a 25% of a property with an overall value of £100,000 this would equate to a mortgage of £25,000. So in this instance if you required a  10% deposit it would be £2,500. The remaining share of the property, £75,000, would be owned by the Housing Provider and you would need to pay them a monthly rent they will have worked out. So you will have both mortgage repayments and rent to pay.

It will depend on the criteria and whether this is possible. In many cases it is and this is called Staircasing. You will need to get in touch with your Housing Provider at a later date.

It is where you can buy a bigger share in your Shared Ownership home. You will need to get in touch with your Housing Provider at a later date.

Some schemes allow you to buy the whole property, while on others there is a limit. It is best to find the properties you like and to ask the Housing Associations direct what the criteria for outright ownership is.

Yes, please take a look at our Shared Ownership blog category.

Organisations that offer affordable and social homes. These include Housing AssociationsChoice Based Lettings Schemes, ALMOs and House Builders.

Yes. We only list homes to those as shown above. So these are homes for Social Rent, Affordable Rent, Market Rent, Rent to Buy, Shared Ownership and outright Sale.

You will need to register with our website and then follow through the steps to add your property listing.

Please take a look at our clients page as this will contain any details about special offers.

You can email us via the Contact Us page.

No, you need to register with us to be able to list your available homes.

Once you have entered your Coupon Code for the Free 30 day trial you need to click the Review Listing and then Submit Property.

If you are having trouble with this or are still unsure please email us via the Support Form in your Dashboard.

They range from single to multi property listings. Please get in touch with us for further details.

We will explain this as it will depend on the package you have signed up to.

No.  All we charge for is your listing.  No other fees; it is as simple as that!

It depends on your property listing package. Get in touch to find out more.

We are not estate agents.  So no estate agent fees, no commission on sale completion.  We are simply the UK’s property website marketing affordable and social homes.

Fill in the Request Details & Viewing form on the property you are interested in.  Then click send. This will go to the property advertiser for them to respond to your query.

You will need to follow up with the property advertiser direct. We allow them to advertise their properties to you. We are not responsible for the adverts or arranging viewings.

Yes we offer free moving home checklists. Get in touch for more details.

We work with an online partner to provide you with competitive quotes. You simply complete the removals request form and submit it to us. They will then arrange for up to 5 local providers to contact you direct and provide quotes.

We’ve taken the hassle away from you and have partnered with a reputable company that have had great reviews on previous jobs they’ve completed. It saves you searching the internet. Plus they have many providers who operate throughout the UK.

This because there are some housing schemes which specifically cater for this age group. They have facilities dedicated to them which is why they are restricting applications.

It is rented accommodation for older people, typically over the age of 55, where there is usually a scheme manager. Sheltered housing is for the elderly and could be in a block of flats, bungalows or even small houses.

Typically older people who are living in Sheltered Accommodation are able to look after themselves.

You will find that there will be a set of criteria to meet depending upon the sheltered housing scheme you are applying for. Most of the schemes will want applicants to be over the age of 55. However, there may be flexibility if someone is claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA). It really depends on the sheltered accommodation you are apply for.

This is essentially the same as Sheltered Housing. There may be slight differences depending on the Housing Provider.

Search for Sheltered Housing properties.

This is essentially the same as Sheltered Housing. There may be slight differences depending on the Housing Provider.

Search for Independent Living properties.

This is very similar to Sheltered Housing, except Extra Care housing includes the provision of on-site care and social activities.

Please see the details below of frequently asked questions. Feel free to get in touch with us if you can’t find the answer to your query.

What is the benefit of using Moving Soon?
Why would I choose to register with Moving Soon?
What are the options to Save Money Renting?
What is Social Rent?
What is Affordable Rent?
What is Market Rent?
What is Rent to Buy?
What is Shared Ownership?
How do we advertise our properties?
Do you offer Moving Home Checklists?
Do you offer Removals Quotes?
Why are some homes only available to Over 55’s?
What is Sheltered Housing?
What is Independent Living?
What is Extra Care Housing?
What is Retirement Housing?

Moving Soon

What is the benefit of using Moving Soon?

We bring together social and affordable homes in one place so you can find your new home for less. Start your search today.
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Save Money Renting

What do you mean by No Admin Fees?

This is where there are no fees taken from prospective tenants to do any affordability or referencing checks. Typically in the private sector prospective tenants are charged for credit checks and referencing.

Where can I find properties where No Admin Fee properties?

Search for no admin fee properties.

What do you mean by No Deposits Required?

Typically in the private sector landlords will ask for a deposit which is usually the same value as one month’s rent. This is to protect them in the event there is damage done to the property that they can claim against for the repairs, or it can be used against unpaid rent.

So when homes are advertised with No Deposit Required it means you do not have to pay this bond.

What do you mean by No Bond Required?

This is the same as No Deposit. Just another way of saying it.

Why are there homes available where No Deposits are required?

Housing Associations due to the nature of how they work tend not to charge a deposit for Social Rent or Affordable Rent properties.

Where can I find properties where No Deposit Required properties?

Search for no admin fee properties.
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Registration

Why would I choose to register with Moving Soon?

If you are interested in applying for several properties you can do so using our Quick Apply function. So there is no need to keep filling in a form for each property you are interested in.

Do I have to register?

No, but if you choose to apply for several properties you will need to fill out a separate enquiry form for each one.
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Social Rent

What is Social Rent?

Housing Associations provide these homes on a secure basis.

Most of the time they are available via the Choice Based Lettings Schemes. However, there are occasions where they may be marketed direct to potential tenants.

How does Social Rented Housing work?

A key function of social renting is to provide accommodation that is affordable to people on low incomes. The government will limit the rent increases of such homes by law so they are kept affordable.

Who decides who is most in need?

Social rent will depend on the local council’s allocation scheme. So it may vary area to area. Since the Localism Act 2011, councils can decide who is or isn’t eligible to go on their waiting lists for social housing.

Where can I find Social Rent properties?

Search for social rent properties.

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Affordable Rent

What is Affordable Rent and how does it work?

It is where Housing Associations let their properties at up to 80% of those that would be charged by Private Landlords, Estate Agents and Letting Agents.

For example, say you saw a 3 bed house to rent for £500 a month from a Private Landlord or Estate Agent. However, you also noticed a Housing Association had a similar 3 bed house in the same street, but it was on the market for £400 per month as they were marketing it as an Affordable Rent property.

In this instance, you can see that the rental cost of the Housing Association property is 80% the value of the same house being advertised for rent in the same street by the Private Landlord or Estate Agent.

In summary, these affordable rental homes are discounted rentals.

How does it differ from Social Rented properties?

The tenancies typically offered are for a fixed term only and not for life.

Who can apply for Affordable Rent properties?

Those in need as well as working people.

How are you eligible?

Affordable rent homes will typically be available to applicants in housing need that have household incomes of up to £71,000 (if moving into one or two bed homes) or £85,000 (if moving into three bed or larger homes).

Do you have to have a local connection with the area?

It depends on which Housing Association is listing the property. They should explain their criteria in the property description. If not, please feel free to get in touch with them direct.

Is Affordable Rent specifically New Build Homes?

No, the higher rent will be charged for newly-built homes and some existing homes that are being re-let.

Will the rent remain the same throughout the life of my tenancy?

The maximum annual rent increase on an affordable rent property will be inflation + 0.5%. This is the maximum a Housing Association can increase the rent during the fixed term of your tenancy. They will rebase the rent on each occasion that a tenancy is renewed, meaning that rents could go up or down depending on market conditions.

Are there any other differences?

Residents moving into homes charged at an affordable rent will have the statutory and contractual rights associated with their tenancy type.

So, like current social rent, an affordable rent should still be cheaper than renting privately.

Where can I find Affordable Rent properties?

Search for affordable rent properties.

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Market Rent

What is Market Rent?

Market rent is essentially a property for rent that will have similar pricing to those offered in the Private Sector by Private Landlords, Estate Agents and Letting Agents.
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Rent to Buy

What is Rent to Buy and how does it work?

Rent to buy is a government initiative to help renters in social housing to buy a home.
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Shared Ownership

What is Shared Ownership?

Shared Ownership is where you part buy and part rent a property. Typically you can buy shares ranging from 25% through to 75% with rent being paid on the remaining share.

What is Part Buy Part Rent?

This is just another name for Shared Ownership

How does Shared Ownership work?

You get a mortgage for the percentage of the property you are buying, typically from 20% and rent the remaining part from the Housing Association.

Are Shared Ownership properties old or New Build Homes?

Shared ownership are typically new build homes. It depends on the Housing Provider.

Who offers mortgages for Shared Ownership Homes?

There are different providers who can offer mortgages for a Shared Ownership homes.

Do you still need to save for a deposit?

Yes, it is similar to buying your house outright. You will still need to have a deposit in place, typically 10% of the share of the property. So, for example, if you were buying a 25% of a property with an overall value of £100,000 this would equate to a mortgage of £25,000. So in this instance if you required a  10% deposit it would be £2,500. The remaining share of the property, £75,000, would be owned by the Housing Provider and you would need to pay them a monthly rent they will have worked out. So you will have both mortgage repayments and rent to pay.

Can I buy a bigger share of the property at a later date?

It will depend on the criteria and whether this is possible. In many cases it is and this is called Staircasing. You will need to get in touch with your Housing Provider at a later date.

Can my Shared Ownership home 100% outright in the end?

Some schemes allow this while on others there is a limit. It is best to find the properties you like and to ask the Housing Associations direct what the criteria for outright ownership is.

Where can I find Shared Ownership properties?

Start your search for Shared Ownership homes.

Do you have more information about Shared Ownership?

Yes, please take a look at our Shared Ownership blog category.
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Property Listings

Who can list properties on your website?

Organisations that offer affordable and social homes. These include Housing Associations, Choice Based Lettings Schemes, ALMOs and House Builders.

Do you have a criteria that has to be met?

Yes. We only list homes to those as shown above. So these are homes for Social Rent, Affordable Rent, Market Rent, Rent to Buy, Shared Ownership and outright Sale.

How do I submit a property listing?

You will need to register with our website and then follow through the steps to add your property listing.

Where can I find contact details?

You can email us via the Contact Us page.

I am not a registered user can I still list my property?

No, you need to register with us to be able to list your available homes.

Is Coupon Code for the Free 30 day trial to advertise rental properties correct?

Once you have entered your Coupon Code for the Free 30 day trial you need to click the Review Listing and then Submit Property.

If you are having trouble with this or are still unsure please email us via the Support Form in your Dashboard.

What options are there to advertise properties on your website?

They range from single to multi property listings. Please get in touch with us for further details.

How long will my property advert be listed on the website?

We will explain this as it will depend on the package you have signed up to.

Do I have to pay commission fees as well?

No.  All we charge for is your listing.  No other fees; it is as simple as that!

Do I have to pay to renew my listing?

It depends on your property listing package. Get in touch to find out more.

Are you an estate agent?

We are not estate agents.  So no estate agent fees, no commission on sale completion.  We are simply the UK’s property website marketing affordable and social homes.

How do I respond to a property listing?

Fill in the Request Details & Viewing form on the property you are interested in.  Then click send. This will go to the property advertiser for them to respond to your query.
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Moving House Checklists

Do you offer free checklists?

Yes we offer free moving home checklists. Get in touch for more details.
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House Removals

How does this work?

We work with an online partner to provide you with competitive quotes. You simply complete the removals request form and submit it to us. They will then arrange for up to 5 local providers to contact you direct and provide quotes.

Couldn’t I just contact them myself?

We’ve taken the hassle away from you and have partnered with a reputable company that have had great reviews on previous jobs they’ve completed. It saves you searching the internet. Plus they have many providers who operate throughout the UK.
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Over 55’s Housing

Why are some homes Over 55’s only?

This because there are some housing schemes which specifically cater for this age group. They have facilities dedicated to them which is why they are restricting applications.
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Sheltered Housing

What is Sheltered Housing?

It is rented accommodation for older people, typically over the age of 55, where there is usually a scheme manager. Sheltered housing is for the elderly and could be in a block of flats, bungalows or even small houses.

Typically older people who are living in Sheltered Accommodation are able to look after themselves.

What is the criteria required for Sheltered Housing?

You will find that there will be a set of criteria to meet depending upon the sheltered housing scheme you are applying for. Most of the schemes will want applicants to be over the age of 55. However, there may be flexibility if someone is claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA). It really depends on the sheltered accommodation you are apply for.

Where can I find Sheltered Housing properties?

Search for Sheltered Housing properties.
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Independent Living

What is Independent Living?

This is essentially the same as Sheltered Housing. There may be slight differences depending on the Housing Provider.

Where can I find Independent Living properties?

Search for Independent Living properties.
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Extra Care

What is Extra Care Housing?

This is very similar to Sheltered Housing, except Extra Care housing includes the provision of on-site care and social activities.
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Retirement Housing

What is Retirement Housing?

This is essentially the same as Sheltered Housing. There may be slight differences depending on the Housing Provider.
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