Properties for Sale and Rent in Aberdeen
Aberdeen City Council's Housing Advice Service provide free, confidential and personalized housing advice that will inform and encourage you to make decisions on the right and most appropriate actions to manage your housing situation in Aberdeen. Use their housing advice self-assessment tool as a first step and guide to the different options that may be available to you.
To access your personalized advice, information and links to key contacts both within and outside the City Council, simply register your details and answer a few questions about your current living arrangements. If you are interested in applying for a Council house in Aberdeen City you must complete a housing advice self-assessment first. The houses are in great demand and are allocated to those in greatest need as a priority.
Realistically therefore, most people who apply will not be successful and those that are may have to wait a very long time. Other housing options may be available and may make it quicker for you to find a home, to move home, or to help you stay in your current home. A self-assessment will provide you with a good indication on your likelihood of being allocated a property from us and will highlight other appropriate options that may be available.
Home ownership is the most common type of housing tenure in Aberdeen with 65% of households owning their homes with or without a mortgage. House purchase can include buying flats or houses, old houses, new houses or buying properties off a plan such as a new housing scheme. You can also buy land and build your own home.
House Prices vary across different parts of the City. Since the latter part of 2007 and the downturn of the UK housing market, house prices in the area have fluctuated, but have remained substantially higher than those for Scotland.
Buying a house is the biggest single financial transaction most people will make, so it is essential to ensure that you do everything necessary to make the purchase and move as smooth as possible.
Buying a home of your own can be expensive and you will need to look at deposits, interest rates and monthly repayments. You will also need to take account of other costs such as removals and possibly buying new carpets, curtains and furnishings. You will also need to take account of future maintenance issues.
There is a large private rented sector in Aberdeen, however rents are generally high and a deposit will be required to secure a property. Properties provided at an affordable rent by the Council or a Registered Social Landlord. To access this type of property you must register on a waiting list. Your application will be assessed according to your current circumstances and you will be awarded points or prioritized accordingly. Demand for this type of property is extremely high and waiting times can be very long. There is no restriction on how many waiting lists you can be on, however in most cases you will have to apply to each organization for housing in Aberdeen City.
There may be an option especially for those looking for short term accommodation. Rents are generally lower than renting a full property and often include the cost of gas and electricity, Council Tax and other costs. There are various websites available to help you locate suitable accommodation. Always exercise caution and never send money before you have viewed the accommodation.
Mid-market rent or Intermediate Rent is rented accommodation leased at a discounted level below the Local Housing Allowance which is set by the Government. The rent level will normally be higher than social rent but significantly lower than private rents in the area. This type of property is normally managed by a Registered Social Landlord (RSL). The rents charged by housing association properties depend on various factors including where the home is, the services available in the area, and the facilities within the home itself, such as what kind of heating system, or size of kitchen it has.