Room available in Machynlleth Housing Coop
Join Yr Hen Olchdy (also known as the Clubbhouse), one of our two houses in Machynlleth.
The room is available from mid-May 2021 in a six bedroom house with lots of communal space, solar hot-water, a small garden, bike parking and fibre broadband. Close to Machynlleth town centre and the train station. Rent is around £310/month, including all bills and lots of vegetarian communal food. You’d be sharing with three women and two men, all in our twenties and thirties.
If you’re interested, please read the “How to apply” and “Frequently asked questions” sections below.
How to apply
Please complete this online application form by noon on WEDNESDAY 5th MAY 2021 to express your interest in the room. Dan ni’n croesawu ceisiadau yn Gymraeg.
To improve access to the application process, we offer two alternatives to filling in this form online:
– Make a video of your responses to the questions and email it to us; or
– Give your responses to us over the phone. Please email us to arrange a time to do this.
Our email address is email@example.com.
We will let you know by Friday 7th May if you’ve been shortlisted to come have a socially-distanced dinner and chat in our garden the following week.
Please read the FAQs below before applying.
Many thanks for your interest in joining our Co-op!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a housing co-op?
A housing co-op is similar to a housing association, but it is managed (either entirely, or mainly) by its tenants. A housing co-op is, on one level, a group of people who have control over their own housing, without actually owning it personally.
In our housing co-op, members tend to live communally (e.g. we buy food as a house, take it in turns to cook and eat together when we can) and we each have a responsibility to contribute to the running of the co-op. We have a secretary, a treasurer, a maintenance co-ordinator and a food monitor. We have meetings to make decisions about how we run the house.
Who owns the house?
The housing co-op is a legal entity that owns the house and pays the mortgage using the rent that members pay to live here. No individual member has any personal ownership or equity in the house, and no individual member is liable financially for the house.
Is the kitchen vegetarian?
Yes it is 🙂 We don’t store or prepare meat or fish in the house.
Is it OK if I smoke?
Yes, but we don’t smoke or vape inside the house.
Can couples apply?
We don’t think the available room would be big enough for a couple to share.
Can I move in with my cat or dog?
Possibly? We’re not sure. At the moment we have no pets. Let us know if you have a pet when you apply.
What if I’m just looking for somewhere for a few weeks/months?
Our preference is for a new housemate who is up for committing for a while and getting involved in the Co-op.
I’m away a lot. Is that OK?
Collaboratively running and being part of a housing co-operative requires time and energy input from all members, so our preference is for new housemates who are generally around to contribute and be involved. Please tell us about your circumstances when filling out the application form.
What sort of commitment to shared work would I need to make as a member?
That’s a great question! Please have a look at our Shared Work Commitment Policy
Can I claim Universal Credit and other benefits while living in the Co-op?
Current members have successfully accessed Universal Credit while living in the Co-op, but so far have not been able to access Council Tax Reductions. This is because councils are often not familiar with co-ops, and we don’t fit into the existing benefits system in a straightforward way. Wales Co-op Centre is currently trying to work on improving access to benefits for people who live in co-ops, but it’s important to bear in mind that, for the moment at least, Council Tax Reductions are not accessible to our members.
How do you choose a new housemate?
When choosing a new co-op member we try to take the following into account:
– How well we think you would fit in the House and Coop;
– How aligned you are with Cooperative Principles, including your commitment to work sharing;
– How significant your need for housing is;
– Any barriers you may face in accessing housing elsewhere due to discrimination
How are you responding to the Covid-19 pandemic?
We are taking the pandemic seriously and following Welsh Government guidelines, as well as taking a collective approach to our own “house rules” to help keep each other and our community safe. We aren’t bleaching our shopping, but we are sometimes self-isolating after travelling, and not having guests for the time being.