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Retirement living

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Retirement living

If you’re over 55 and looking for a one or two-bedroom home to rent, our retirement living homes (sometimes called sheltered housing), could be just what you're looking for.  

You’ll feel safe and secure in your own apartment or bungalow, with a friendly community on your doorstep and 24-hour emergency support if you need it. 

Image of St Mary's Close in Leeds.

Our one or two-bedroom self-contained flats or bungalows, have a lounge, modern kitchen and bathroom or wet room and they give you privacy and security too. 

At most sites we have guest rooms for visiting friends and family, so you can have them close by and for a fraction of the price of a hotel.   

Two older people dancing together in a room where others are dancing too.

All our retirement living homes have a communal lounge and gardens where you can meet with friends and get involved in community life as much or as little as you like.  
Our activity co-ordinators organise social events around your interests. They’ll put on events like afternoon tea, bingo, quizzes, crafts or even a dance! 

Older person with pendant alarm

You’ll have access to 24-hour emergency support, if you need it, and a 24 hour repair service too. Our friendly scheme managers are on-hand to answer questions about your home and signpost you to any other support you may need.  

How to rent a home

All our retirement living schemes are listed below so you can see if there’s one in your area.  

Click into the area you're interested in and use the get in touch button to contact our scheme managers. They can see if there’s availability near you and you can ask them any other questions you might have. They’re a friendly bunch and more than happy to help! Say hi to Loice here.

Make sure you check out our Rightmove page as some of our retirement living homes are advertised on there.  

You can also apply to rent our homes through your local authority – find out how to do this on our rent a home page.

Got a question? We might've answered it in our FAQs.


Our schemes

"I love living here, it's quiet, safe and I met new friends and neighbours.”

Lizzie, St. Edwins Croft

"I’m 97 and I’ve lived in my flat for eight years. I have my own front door and neighbours who are there should I need them. I have a Scheme Manger who can be contacted if I need guidance or assistance to help me remain independent. I am hard of hearing, have poor sight but being an ex WREN I can march on like the best. I’m not moving from here any time soon, I hope!”

D Jones, Haverah Court

“I moved into Jubilee Court eight years ago and have never regretted if once. The residents are friendly and having your own front door gives an independence to come and go as you please. There’s good access to the village and town.”

   Anne, Jubilee Court

“There’s a friendly atmosphere, lovely social clubs and we’ve made a lot of friends. We love our cosy bungalow.”

Lee and Susan, Park Court


It varies so you’ll need to check with the scheme manager. All our retirement living homes are available for social rent, which is a lower cost rent set by the government. You’ll also pay a service charge which covers things like cleaning of communal areas and emergency support.  

Rent is often covered by benefits, but it depends on your financial circumstances. As part of the sign-up process the scheme manager will run through the rent and service charges and can help with what will be covered by benefits.   

No, but you do need to pay some rent in advance before you move in. Please talk to the scheme manager if you’ve got any worries about this.  

Most of our retirement living schemes have a guest room or a flat which is available for guests to stay in for a small charge (much cheaper than a hotel!).   

This depends on where you move to, so you’ll need to ask the scheme manager.

You’ll need to be over 55 to live in one of our retirement homes.

Most of our retirement living homes are fully wheelchair accessible and 24-hour emergency support is available, for example if you have a fall. Whether it’s suitable for your individual needs depends on the scheme itself and what’s available but don’t worry, our scheme managers will be able to advise.  

We don’t have onsite care teams. Some customers do have carers visit them to support them but this isn’t part of the service offered by Yorkshire Housing. The scheme manager will be able to help you decide if our retirement living schemes will meet your needs.  

You can contact our team of scheme managers using this form.


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Picture of Loice Chunda by a river

Loice Chunda

Scheme Manager

What's your favourite thing about your job?

Having the opportunity to help different people every day.

What's your top tip for staying independent?

Get to know yourself better and focus on the things you admire about yourself.

Where's the best place for a brew in Yorkshire?

Yorkshire Deli in Victoria Gate in Leeds

What's your favourite film?

Pretty Woman

Picture of Loice Chunda by a river

Loice Chunda

Scheme Manager