Christmas closure

Derwent Living head office will close at 11am on Friday 22nd December and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 2nd January. To report an emergency repair during this time, call 0116 257 6727.

You can also log repairs, pay rent and report anti-social behaviour on our website, on MY Derwent Living or by downloading the Derwent Living app for android or iPhone.

Living with us

Derwent Living is a ‘profit for social purpose’ organisation providing affordable housing to suit a range of lifestyles. Formed in 1964, Derwent Living works with customers to build thriving communities where people want to live. Derwent Living manages more than 25,000 properties across the UK.

Affordable living

Affordable living is low cost housing ranging from small studio flats to large family homes. Rent or buy one of our many homes in urban or countryside locations. Rental properties are allocated via a points-based system through local authorities or directly by Derwent Living. Priority on homes allocated by local authorities is given to those in housing need and allocated through waiting lists.

Homes can be bought through part buy-part rent. More information about buying though Derwent Living’s part buy-part rent scheme can be found in the detail pages of each available property.

Retirement living

Retirement living is affordable self-contained apartments, studio flats and bungalows to rent or buy. Our properties offer residents an active social scene and a peaceful and personal atmosphere with a 24hr Care Line link for peace of mind. To view available retirement living properties click here.


How we allocate homes

Our aims are to provide good quality homes to rent for those in the greatest need of housing and to promote sustainable communities.

We work with local authorities to meet housing need in their particular areas. This may be through offering properties which become empty to people nominated to us by the local authority or by using a common housing register. To view a selection of the properties available please use the find a home section of this website or email

We also hold our own waiting lists for several areas, which are:

  • Nottingham City
  • Broxtowe
  • Bolsover District
  • Erewash
  • Lincoln

To enquire about renting a property in any of these areas, please call our customer service advisors on 01332 346 477 or email info@derwentlivingcom

Leaving Derwent Living – important information for affordable living customers

If you are thinking about moving on you have a number of options available. Find out more about transfers, mutual exchanges or part-buy, part-rent options.

Moving out

You must give us four weeks notice in a signed letter to our head office. Your contract will end on the Sunday of the fourth week. Sometimes, we may be able to vary this arrangement, for instance if you are moving to another of our properties.

Some of our tenancy agreements do stipulate a different notice period and we would suggest that if in doubt residents refer to the tenancy agreement or contact us so we can check on your behalf.

If you are a joint tenant

If you are a joint tenant, only one tenant needs to give notice – if the other joint tenant wants to stay, they will need to ask their housing officer for advice.

Moving out checklist

Before returning your keys please make sure that you:

  • Ensure your rent is fully paid or arrange to pay arrears
  • Remove all furniture, carpets and belongings
  • Clear out all cupboards and sheds
  • Clear all rubbish and unwanted items (e. g. old furniture) from your home or garden. If you leave unwanted items behind, you will be charged for the cost of removing them
  • Contact the utility companies with your final meter readings or you will still be liable for whatever the next tenant uses
  • Tell the council’s council tax, and – if you claim it – benefits offices

After you leave

If you leave the property with damage, you will be charged for repairs and replacements.

Unpaid rent

Make sure your rent is paid to the end of your contract, including the notice period. If you leave with unpaid rent, our rent recovery team will contact you to arrange payment – if necessary, by using a tracing agency.

Most landlords ask for references from your previous accommodation, and you will find it difficult to find another property if you owe us money.

Returning your keys

You must return your keys to our head office by noon the day after your contract ends or you will be charged until they are returned. You are responsible for returning your keys, so if you post them, use recorded delivery.

If you have any further questions, please contact us.

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