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Living independently

As a young person, as you prepare for adult life you may begin to think about who you want to live with, where you want to live, how you are supported and by whom to live independently or semi-independently.

You might be thinking about renting, owning your own home or sharing with others or living in what's called supported living accommodation. 

It's a big decision so it's important that you know your options and get advice. This page is intended to give you links to useful information and advice so that you can better understand your options.

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Housing options

There is a high demand for council and housing association housing in Camden. Many people are not eligible to apply, either because they haven’t lived in the borough for 5 out of the last 7 years or because they don’t have sufficient housing needs. However there are other options available.

Housing options for council and housing association tenants

  • You can apply to swap your home with another tenant through Mutual Exchange.
  • You may be eligible for the Housing Moves scheme, which enables tenants who need to move to other London boroughs.

Advice for private tenants

  • If you are a private tenant we can provide advice or information about your legal rights as a tenant on repairs, rent, security of tenure, deposits, harassment and illegal eviction.

Looking for private rented housing

  • Renting from a private landlord offers the quickest and most flexible housing option for most people. Over 25% of Londoners live in the private rented sector, which can provide a good quality home in the area of your choice.

Low cost home ownership

  • Even if you cannot afford to buy a home in London, where prices are high and rising, if you are working you may be able to buy on a shared ownership basis, where you purchase a share in a property and pay rent to a housing association or a local authority on the rest.

Advice for homeless people

  • If you are homeless or at risk of homelessness it is important to get advice as early as possible. We may be able to prevent you from becoming homeless or, in some cases, we may be able to assist you to find alternative accommodation.

For more information, you can visit the Housing options webpage or call the Housing Options and Advice service on 020 7974 4444.

Applying for social housing

Camden allocate around 1,000 properties each year and cannot offer a council home to most people who apply. Demand outstrips supply and only those who have very significant housing needs are ever likely to secure council accommodation.

You can find out more about social housing by clicking here.

To speak to someone to discuss your options, you can contact the Housing Options and Advice team on 020 7974 4444.

Useful housing links

Wiki - Finding somewhere to live

Camden's housing strategy

Camden’s Housing Strategy sets out the vision and approach to housing in Camden. This includes:

  • Assessing and planning for the current and future housing needs of the local population,
  • making the best use of existing housing stock,
  • planning and facilitating new supply,
  • planning and commissioning housing support services which link homes to support and other services that people need to live in them.

Click here to download the Camden Housing Strategy.

If you have any questions, or to find out more about Camden’s Housing Strategy, contact the Housing Strategy Unit.

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