Become a tenant

The process for selecting tenants is:

  • Express and interest using the form below
  • Our team will be in touch to invite you to an optional viewing once the works are near completion
  • Submit a formal application form – see selection criteria for tenants below
  • First filter of applications by our team
  • Invited to panel interview with an existing OB / Rock House tenant, a company director and a local community leader from our Independent Advisory Group
  • We will let you know if you’ve been successful and begin working with you towards moving in



  • We support people who need affordable space (generally artistic, creative, tech and community organisations).

Enthusiasm for our ethos and the neighbourhood

  • We share a broad set of values about the importance of DIY regeneration, affordable space, creativity, neighbourliness and local social impact. We will invite tenants to join us who align with our values.
  • Along with paying capped rents, our buildings work because of a very strong ethos of cooperation, mutual trust and respect. That’s between the tenants, and between tenants and WRNV as owner/developer.
  • Our ethos has spread to other organisations so we’re starting to build up a whole neighbourhood of local buildings (39 Cambridge, 12 Claremont) run in the same way which share values and resources between them.
  • We’re interested in what you love about the local neighbourhood too – do you living and working in Hastings? Do you have a locally rooted business (employing or procuring locally)? Or perhaps you have aspirations to contribute to local life (social benefit, cultural contributions)?


  • Our buildings are ‘self managed’ meaning all tenants are expected to participate in the development of their building and the neighbourhood. This can be anything – from sitting on the service charge committee to offering free classes to other tenants in something your passionate about to organising a social event. This is just as important as your rent.
  • BEFORE expressing an interest think about how you might tangibly contribute to the Observer Building and linked buildings.

Please fill in the below form to express an interest in renting space in the Observer Building. We will then contact you once the spaces are ready to view and we are beginning to invite formal applications.