We put our customers at the heart of everything we do, and we want to make your journey with us as smooth as possible.
From the moment you talk to us, we're here to help point you in the right direction. We offer our customers a range of housing options depending on your circumstances and the type of property you need.
The list below outlines the different ways you can find the perfect home:
- Bid for a property through HOST
- Exchange your property with another housing association customer
- You may be eligible to move into a new home directly with us. More details on eligibility can be found further down the page
- Apply directly to other housing providers
We recommend you explore all these options to improve your chances of moving as soon as possible.
Do you need to move urgently due to an emergency?
If you need to move immediately because of a risk to you or your family, you should seek assistance from Housing Options Service Trafford (HOST).
Call 0161 912 2230 or visit HOST, Waterside House, Sale Waterside, Sale M33 7ZF.
Rental and social housing
How do I join the Council's housing register?
If you aren't a Trafford Housing Trust customer but would like to move into one of our homes, you'll need to register with Housing Options Service Trafford (HOST). You can do this by clicking the 'register' button at the top right of their homepage.
HOST will review your application and contact you to let you know the priority band your application has been placed in. You'll then be able to view and bid on suitable properties in Trafford. If you're interested in the property, you'll need to click on the advert's place bid button. Properties are updated every Wednesday.
If you do not have regular access to the internet, you can bid by:
- Visiting the HOST office at Sale Waterside, M33 7ZF
- Calling Trafford Homes Choice on 0161 912 2230
- Asking Trafford Homes Choice to help you set up an automatic bid
How will I know if I have been successful?
If you're successful, HOST will be in touch to discuss the property. If you've not heard about the property by the following Tuesday, then, unfortunately, you've been unsuccessful at this time.
Demand for council houses to rent in Trafford can be high, and you may experience a long wait for a move. Please keep trying as you can bid for new rental and social housing properties every week.
Who do I contact if I need help bidding on properties?
If you have any questions, please contact Housing Options Service Trafford (HOST) directly.
Call 0161 912 2230 or visit HOST, Waterside House, Sale Waterside, Sale M33 7ZF.
Is Trafford Housing Trust the only housing provider in Trafford?
Housing Associations like Irwell Valley Homes, Your Housing Group and Great Places Housing Group also have properties in Trafford.
If you have registered with HOST, you can express your interest in their properties as well as our homes through Trafford Home Choice.
Some providers also have their own waiting lists. You can get a full list of all housing providers in Trafford from Trafford Home Choice.
Does Trafford Housing Trust provide homes to rent outside of Trafford?
To apply for Trafford Housing Trust homes outside of Trafford, please register to the choice-based letting system in that area to bid on suitable properties.
We have affordable rent homes outside of Trafford, including homes to rent in Haslington, Salford, Delamere and Winsford.
We also have some exciting new developments coming soon to Preston, Skelmersdale and Congleton.
Exchange your Trafford Housing Trust home
House Exchange is an online exchange service where you can register and swap homes with other social housing tenants. Joining the House Exchange programme means you can access thousands of potential matches and, better yet, registration is free.
Once you're registered, you'll be able to search through a list of other social housing properties available for exchange nationwide. Finding the perfect home swap has never been easier.
Found someone to swap with? You can find out what the next steps are by vising our House exchange page.
Can I move homes without bidding through HOST?
If you have lived in one of our properties for over 12 months and meet the criteria listed below, you can apply to move into another one of our properties. You may be eligible if:
- You have more bedrooms than you need
- You need more bedrooms than you have
- You have a physical disability, and your home can't be altered to meet your need
- You are over 55 and would like to move into sheltered accommodation
If you think you're eligible, contact our Customer Hub, and we'll arrange for one of our home moves coordinators to contact you. You can apply by calling 0300 777 7777 or by email.
Homes with assistance
We're committed to providing the best of care while supporting people stay not only safe but confident in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible. We offer 19 sheltered housing and three extra care schemes across Trafford to support your needs.
If you have a disability, you may be able to adapt your property to suit your needs. As this depends on the type of property you live in, please contact us to discuss this in more detail.
You can find more information about homes with assistance and adapting your home on our Homes with support page.
Guides to each part of Trafford
Altrincham is a historic market town with an exceptional mix of top high street shops, independent retailers and award-winning market.
There are lots of leisure facilities and community groups in the town centre. There's lots of green space to enjoy with National Trust park's Dunham Massey and Tatton Park a short drive away.
Bowdon is a village at the south-west edge of Greater Manchester with a bustling high street and yearly community festivals including Bowdon Festival exhibiting local and international music and arts.
Surrounded by open countryside including National Trust park Dunham Massey and Bowdon Sports Club, Bowdon is an area the whole family can enjoy.
Carrington is a village in the north of the borough. The south of Carrington is mostly open land with many of its population living in the north. Carrington is a 20-minute drive to Manchester City Centre so is convenient for commuting or experiencing the shopping districts and nightlife of the City Centre.
Urmston is the nearest town with a thriving market and bustling shopping centre filled with a variety of independent and high street shops.
Dunham Massey is a historic area and includes the villages of Sinderland Green, Dunham Woodhouses and Dunham Town, and Dunham Massey Hall and Park.
The area has an abundance of green space and walking trails with the River Bollin running to the south and the Bridgewater Canal running through the area. The historic market town of Altrincham is a 10-minute drive away so residents can access a variety of leisure and shopping facilities easily.
Located between Urmston and Irlam and within easy access of Manchester city centre, Flixton is a historic town close to landmarks such as Flixton House in Flixton Park and Gardens, Abbotsfield Park and Green Hill.
The River Mersey and open land, forms Flixton's southern border, providing ample green space and walking paths to explore. It has excellent transport links to surrounding areas, including local train and bus routes.
Hale is a suburb in Altrincham, bordering the villages of Hale Barns and Bowdon. The high-street has independent shops, local community groups and events. And lots of green spaces and parks including nearby Stamford Park and the River Bollin.
With regular transport links including bus services to Bowdon and Hale Barns, Hale is well-connected to Manchester City Centre, Manchester Airport and the surrounding area.
Hale Barns is a rural town surrounded by the River Bollin and agricultural land to the south of the borough. There is plenty of green space and access to a range of local sports clubs and facilities for tennis, bowling and football.
Close to Manchester Airport, Manchester City Centre and Altrincham, Hale makes travelling to the City Centre and beyond stress-free.
Old Trafford is a vibrant multi-cultural neighbourhood to the north of the borough. Cultural diversity has been a feature of the area for over a century. With plenty of bus routes and the Cornbrook Metrolink Station, Old Trafford is a popular choice for people who like the convenience of living close to the City centre.
Partington is a town north of the borough, lying to the west of Sale and northeast of Warburton and bordered by the City of Salford. Manchester City Centre is a 25-minute drive away. Partington has access to plenty of high-street and independent shopping districts as well as local nightlife.
Sale has a huge amount of green space and woodland, such as Sale Water Park, Walton Park and Worthington Park. The town's Waterside Arts centre hosts dozens of concerts and exhibitions all year round, with many local residents even taking part in the annual pantomime.
There's also a shopping centre with independent and high street shops. Sale has great transport links on the A56 with a regular bus service to Manchester and Altrincham and a Metrolink station in the town centre.
Stretford, in the north of the borough, is close to Trafford Town Hall, Lancashire County Cricket Club and Manchester United Football Club. It's flanked by Longford Park, the largest community park in Trafford. Stretford has good transport links on the A56 with a regular bus service to Manchester and Altrincham and a Metrolink station.
Timperley is a suburban village in Trafford, bordering the historic market town of Altrincham, Sale and Wythenshawe. There's easy access to a range of high-street and independent shopping and fantastic transport links including the Manchester Metrolink which passes through the village.
Opposite Salford Quays and a stone's throw away from Manchester City Centre, Trafford Park is great for those that need to commute into the city. Almost entirely surrounded by water, Trafford Park offers scenic views of the Bridgewater Canal, the Manchester Ship Canal and the vibrant waterfront of Salford Quays. Transport links to surrounding areas including Metrolink access to Manchester City Centre and the Trafford Centre.
Urmston is a quiet, leafy residential town, with a thriving market and bustling shopping centre filled with a variety of independent and high street shops. The town has good leisure facilities including a newly refurbished swimming and fitness centres, and a golf club.
There are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants, and is only a short drive to The Trafford Centre. Urmston also has several parks in the centre of the town and on the outskirts, lies Urmston Meadows, a tranquil expanse that is great for long walks.
Warburton is a rural village on the south bank of the River Mersey between Warrington and Greater Manchester. The village of Lymm lies to the south-west of Warburton in the borough of Warrington, with the River Bollin forming the border between the two villages.
Located a stone's throw away from Altrincham and Manchester City Centre, Warburton has local bus services to Warrington and Altrincham and easy access to the A6144 and B5159.