Housing Associations are independent not-for-profit organisations that provide affordable homes (for rent or to purchase) for people in need. Housing Associations that have registered with the Housing Corporation are known as Registered Social Landlords (RSLs).Housing associations are now the UK's major providers of new homes for rent. Many also run shared ownership schemes to help people who cannot afford to buy their own homes outright. Over recent years a number of local authorities have transferred all or part of their housing stock, including their sheltered housing, to RSLs.
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