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Chester & District

We have a wide range of homes available to rent or buy and are committed to providing quality homes and excellent services that meet the needs of the local community.

Renting a home in Chester

General rented housing provides affordable homes for people on low incomes. Our rented properties are available at lower rents than the open market.

If you would like to apply to live in a Sanctuary Housing property, please call us on 0800 131 3348 or 0300 123 3511. If you’re already a Sanctuary Housing resident or live in one of our homes in a different area of the country, you may be able to transfer to us.

How to apply

West Cheshire Homes is a Choice Based Lettings scheme delivered by Cheshire West and Chester Council in partnership with Sanctuary, Plus Dane Housing and Weaver Vale Housing Trust.

The scheme offers homes that are available across the Cheshire West area. It removes duplication and makes finding a home as simple, fair and open as possible.

To express an interest in any of the available homes, you need to be a member of West Cheshire Homes.

West Cheshire Homes operates an open membership scheme and supports applications from all communities.

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Change of circumstances

Any change of circumstances can be done online by logging into your West Cheshire Homes account. If you would like to talk to someone about your change in circumstances, please call 0300 123 2442.

Housing for older people

Sanctuary provides high-quality schemes which allow residents to live comfortably, securely and independently.

Residents have their own self-contained accommodation; services include a fitted intercom system and pull-cords which are linked to a 24-hour in-house telecare service called Sanctuary365, which is available every day of the year. Additionally, there is a separate 24-hour phone line to report any repairs or raise enquiries.

Support within your community/neighbourhood

We have launched a new interactive map to help you find out about support services available in your area. Simply open up the map and type in the first half of your post code to find organisations local to you.


The Chester Community Chest Fund has been set up by Sanctuary Group.

The fund supports any project that will benefit Chester residents in the following areas:

Who can apply?

Any voluntary or charitable organisation or resident group that works in the interest of Chester residents can apply. The main focus of the activity that you are applying for must take place in one of the areas listed above. Groups must have a formal constitution or legal structure and a bank account. You must provide evidence of these documents upon request. Individuals cannot apply.

Eligible Projects

Your project must benefit Chester residents, have a community focus and be open to, and inclusive of, all.

Your project must meet one of our community investment themes. These are:

How much money can you apply for?

Grants are given up to £1,000 unless there are exceptional circumstances in which case grants will be given on a discretionary basis.

We will expect you to show that you have other support to match the contribution from the Chester Community Chest, for example, cash, other resources or volunteer time, to contribute to the project. In your application, you must provide information about what you will use the money for.

What happens if you are successful?

If your application is successful, we will let you know in writing. We expect projects to sign a contract, provide records of your expenditure and work with us to monitor your progress. So, if you apply you must be willing to do this. If you don’t spend all of your budget, you must also return the remaining money to us.

If you are successful, one of the conditions of the contract is that you must be willing to work with Sanctuary Housing’s PR and Communications team on all matters regarding the publicity of the project.

For further information:

To apply, please complete the Chester Community Chest Fund guidelines (PDF 241KB).

Our Chester Annual Report to Residents is where you can read about our highlights and how Sanctuary Housing is performing, as well as an outline of our commitments to you, our residents.

A summary of the report is also available. 

We have put together answers to the most frequently asked questions on what to do in the event of a fire in your high rise block, and on how to keep your home safe.

View the Chester High Rise Block Fire Safety FAQs (PDF 57KB)

Chester and District News

Image showing Sanctuary residents Maureen and Salih Messmarri using one of the new benches.

New eco-friendly benches for residents in Lache

10 December 2021

Our residents in Lache are enjoying new outdoor seating where they can socialise and spend time together safely.

Picture showing volunteers taking part in the Transformation Day at Lache Growing Space in Chester.

Makeover for Chester growing space

18 November 2021

Volunteers rolled up their sleeves to give our Lache Growing Space in Chester a makeover.

Available properties in Chester and District

Exterior of Tiverton Close

Tiverton Close, Plas Newton, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1QF

Weekly rent: 
Key features: 
  • One bedroom
  • Communal lounge
  • Water and heating included in price
  • Parking

Cosy one bedroom apartment for people aged 55 or over. Property comprises single bedroom, living room, fitted kitchen and good sized bathroom.

Craddock Court, Chester

Craddock Court, Malpas, Chester, SY14 8QY

Weekly rent: 
Key features: 
  • One bedroom
  • Communal Garden
  • Parking
  • Ground floor flat

One bedroom flat, exclusively for anyone aged 55+. The flat has a kitchen, lounge, one bedroom and bathroom with walk-in shower.