Rochford District

Sanctuary Housing manages more than 2,000 homes in the Rochford district of south Essex.

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.

A resident stands outside her home in Rochford.

General rented housing provides affordable homes for people on low incomes. Our rented properties are available at lower rents than the open market. We have waiting lists for homes to rent in all parts of the country.

If you would like to apply to live in a Sanctuary Housing home in Rochford, please call us on 0800 131 3348 or 0300 123 3511. If you’re already a Sanctuary Housing resident in Rochford or live in a Sanctuary Housing property in a different region, you may be able to transfer to us.

Change of circumstances

Should your circumstances change, please let us know by filling in the Change of Circumstances form  (PDF 112KB).

We are refurbishing the accommodation at Frances Cottee Lodge to become housing for people in Rochford with urgent housing needs. Residents at Frances Cottee Lodge have been made aware of our plans and over time, will be assisted to move to new accommodation.

The 15 flats will be offered to families, couples and individuals who have been made homeless. Local accommodation ensures families can stay in the district and children can continue to attend their school.

Our planning application for minor internal and external alterations to the existing building, provision of additional car parking spaces and landscaping to the entrance of Frances Cottee Lodge has been submitted to Rochford District Council (RDC). The application can be viewed by visiting the Planning section of the RDC website.

Residents at our flats in Clarence Road have also been consulted and given the option to move to another sheltered scheme if they wish. As vacancies arise, these flats will be let to people who have applied to Rochford District Council or Sanctuary Housing for a home. These will no longer be restricted to over 55 year olds.

We have produced a set of Questions and Answers (PDF 284KB) to give you information about what is happening. We’ve produced further questions and answers in our ‘You asked – we said’ leaflet (PDF 766KB). You can also contact us directly via email on

Tenants who live in homes owned by Rochford Housing Association and leaseholders whose lease was with Rochford Housing Association were consulted in summer 2016 about moving ownership directly to Sanctuary Housing Association.

The process, called a transfer of engagements (‘ToE’), completed on 25 November 2016. 

Please read the Rochford Charter (PDF 50KB), which describes the service tenants and leaseholders should receive from us.

Sanctuary Housing’s retirement living properties in Rochford provide accommodation and support services for those aged 60 and over (or 55 and over if registered disabled), allowing residents to live independently in a comfortable secure environment. Residents have their own accommodation and front door key, with access to a range of additional services, including support from retirement living staff and a 24-hour telecare alarm system.

For further information:

  • For further information about retirement living schemes in the Rochford area, please call us on 0800 131 3348 or 0300 123 3511.

Maureen's Gift gives community groups across Rochford the opportunity to benefit from a share of £5,000.

The £5,000 fund is in memory of local community champion Maureen Vince who passed away in 2010. Maureen was a parish councillor for 16 years, a former chair of the Rochford Housing board and was heavily involved in many community groups and charities district-wide. 

Maureen’s Gift is a resident-led initiative offering support and encouragement for local people to assist their communities in making life a richer experience.

To apply, please complete the Maureen's Gift application form (PDF 225KB).

For further information:

Did you know Sanctuary Housing is investing funding to make Rochford a better place to live?

We’re asking Sanctuary Housing residents in Rochford to get involved and share their ideas to revitalise their neighbourhood. So if you have a bright idea, we want to hear from you!

Rochford Housing improvements

How can I submit my idea?

It’s easy; just fill in the online form with your ideas.

What will happen to my feedback?

We’ll consider every idea and if we think it’s something we can help with, we’ll let you know.

What kind of ideas would be considered?

We’ll consider all ideas you submit about making your neighbourhood a better place to live. Here’s an example of a project we’re involved in:

Following a consultation with residents from Garden Way in Rochford, we realised that car owners wanted two things: to have an adequate, safe space to park and to be able to park outside or near to their homes. As a result, we are transforming an unused space to create 12 car parking spaces for residents to use. 

Please submit your ideas here and help to make a difference where you live!

A resident receives the keys to her new home from a Sanctuary representative.