As a Registered Provider we provide people who are unable to afford to buy or rent housing on the open market to have access to accommodation via our own services. 

If you are a prospective tenant for affordable rent in London and you require support then Square Roots will take those needs into account and provide the support via our own services or other agencies if required. 

Eligibility criteria may vary between Local Authorities so please check with the relevant one in the area you are looking at, but we have listed criteria as a general guidance:

  • Have the right to rent – this is proven through possession of British/ EU/EEA Citizenship or a valid UK residency visa.
  • Have no history of bankruptcy, county court judgements (CCJs) or Individual Voluntary Agreements (IVAs) (at least in the last 6 years)
  • Have no adverse rental history such as previous rent arrears or damage to property.
  • You must be able to meet the minimum income and affordability standards - this differs depending price of the home you are interested in.
  • You may be required to live or work in the area to which you are applying.
  • You have been nominated for a property through one of our local authorities’ partnerships.
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Square Roots is dedicated to building and evolving a grater capital for everyone who wants to live and work in London with premium apartments to buy and rent. 

If you are looking for affordable housing to rent in London amongst great communities and want to save to buy in the future, then contact us today.  


Hendon NW9

Hendon NW9

Studios, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments & duplexes


Lewisham SE13

Lewisham SE13

1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments & duplexes


  • How do you apply for Affordable rent?

    Most affordable rent homes are advertised through the local authority and you will need to register with their housing department in the area you wish to live. If you successfully secure one of our homes through the local authority, we will get in touch to discuss the onward steps to finalising your new home. 

  • How are affordable rent homes allocated?

    The allocations and lettings policy is used for allocating and letting homes to tenants and managing applications for affordable homes. It sets out:

    • The aims of our approach to allocation and lettings
    • Who we will and will not house
    • Routes by which people can apply for a home
    • Routes by which existing tenants can move to a new affordable home
    • How tenancies and leases will be granted & managed
    • Details of decision makers and how to challenge decisions

    Please speak to us to further details

  • What is Affordable Housing?

    Affordable housing is described in the UK government’s “Definitions of general housing terms” as:

    Housing for sale or rent, for those whose needs are not met by the market (including housing that provides a subsidised route to home ownership and/or is for essential local workers)

  • What is the difference between Affordable Rent, Intermediate Rent, London Living Rent and Social Rent?

    All these schemes are backed by the government.
    Homes available through Affordable Rent are let by their relevant local authority or private registered providers to those that are eligible. Affordable rent is no more than 80% of the local market rent, including service charges.
    Intermediate Rent is designed to help first time buyers who cannot yet afford to buy a home and want a chance to save for a deposit to purchase within the next five years. The rent charged is about 80% of market rent and is available with the relevant local Help to Buy Agent.
    London Living Rent is an intermediate affordable housing product available in London by the Greater London Authority. This is a rent to buy scheme, where you start by renting your property at a reduced rate to enable you to save for home ownership. You have the right to purchase the property within the first 10 years under Shared Ownership. This scheme is available to those with a maximum gross income of £60,000.

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affordable rent with square roots

EXACTING STANDARDS – We always conduct a full review of places where people want to live in London before carefully choosing where to build new homes in the area.

EMPOWERMENT – We always strive to help people find a home in London to rent or support future plans to buy a home in London. The accommodation you rent in London is important and we will always support customers to develop and implement opportunities for involvement and empowerment.

RESPECT – At Square Roots we are dedicated to building a capital for everyone who wants to live in our London properties and work in a bustling City. We strive to provide exemplary customer service, respectful and courteous at every stage of your journey with us.