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Finding a place to live

If you are looking for somewhere to live, whether you need emergency accommodation or want to rent or buy a property, you will find help and advice on the following pages.

If you are a bit younger or a bit older, there is information which can help you make informed decisions about your housing options.

Finding accommodation

Help with finding accommodation including local authority services for homeless people, accommodation agencies and deposits and premiums.

Young people and housing

The rights of children and young people who are homeless including information on renting and buying accommodation.

Housing options for older people

Links to organisations providing information on housing options for older people including staying at home, sheltered housing or moving in with family.

Equity release – raising money from your home

Leaflet from the Money Advice Service about equity release schemes, which allow older people to use the value of their home to raise additional income or a cash lump sum.

Care homes

Link to the Age UK website giving information on care homes, including choosing a care home and paying for residential care.

Housing options for people leaving the Armed Forces, veterans and their families

Information for people who are about to leave the armed forces, veterans and dependents, on finding accommodation. Covers sources of help and care homes for veterans and disabled ex-service personnel.


Information on squatting, when you can and can't be arrested for squatting, and what you can do if your home is taken over by squatters.

National Homelessness Advice Service (NHAS) information

Link to the National Homelessness Advice Service (NHAS) website for fact sheets on homelessness and tenancy issues.