There are a number of stages in the process of applying for a room or flat in Argyle Street Housing Co-operative:
- Attend an Open Evening
- Fill out an application form
- Attend a co-op general meeting
- An interview to ensure you are suitable for the short list
- Applying for a room in a shared house, or for a flat, when they become available.
Note that while the first four stages can be completed quickly, you may have to wait for a room or flat to be available, and it may take a while before you are accepted for a room or flat.
The Open Evening is usually held once a month on a Monday evening from 7:00pm and offers applicants an opportunity to find out more about the Co-op and co-operative housing in general. It also offers a chance for applicants to talk to current members to gain a further understanding of life at ASH Co-op. Application forms will be available if you do decide to apply. For the date of the next Open Evening please call the office on 01223 411615.
If you feel that the Co-op is the place for you and that you meet the eligibility requirements, then once you have attended an Open Evening you should fill in the application and return it to us. The application form is not available until you have attended the Open Evening, so you should do that as soon as possible.
It is important that you provide as much information as possible in support of your application so that we are in the best position to consider your case.
On receipt of your completed form we will carry out an initial assessment of your eligibility for housing with us and if accepted we will contact you inviting you to our next Open Evening.
Please note: all information contained within your form will be treated with the strictest confidence and will not be made available to any party outside of ASH Co-op
A General Meeting is normally held on the first Wednesday or Thursday of the month at 7:00pm. This is where co-op members come together to decide on the issues facing the co-op. By attending this applicants can see co-op democracy in action and ask questions to learn more about how it works.
A few days after the Open Evening you will normally receive a letter inviting you to an interview for the shortlist. Interviews are usually held every other Tuesday evening with each applicant being interviewed by a panel of at least two current Co-op members. The purpose of the interview is to check whether you meet our criteria for membership of the Co-op.
If you are accepted you will be contacted affirming that your name has been added to our shortlist. You will then be entitled to apply to any of our households with current voids. A list of current voids is available in the right sidebar. The household choose from this shortlist who they wish to fill the vacancy in their house.
If you are not accepted you will be sent a letter notifying you of this and detailing why your application has been rejected.
If you are accepted onto our shortlist please be aware that it may take some time to find a place in the Co-op and that it may take some time before you finally find a place. It is, however, worth persevering as living within a housing co-operative can be a very rewarding and empowering experience. It provides members with the opportunity to take direct control of their own housing, a freedom made available to relatively few people.