Affordable homes and housing associations
Applying for a housing association home and information on affordable housing schemes.
Homeseekers on our Housing Register (waiting list) can express their interest in council properties and housing association dwellings. There are nearly 2,000 housing association properties in this district.
Housing associations are not private landlords. They provide social housing in a very similar way to the Council and are non-profit making. They are run by unpaid Boards, and managed by paid, professional housing officers. People who rent a housing association property must meet their rules and conditions of tenancy, which are different to council tenancy conditions. The housing association will carry out most repairs.
See the Government's website for more information on applying for a housing association home
For Essex, Kent and Sussex the Help to Buy service provider is bpha
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 03333 214044
The Government's ‘Starter Homes’ scheme aims to help young first-time buyers (below 40 years) purchase a home with a minimum 20% discount off the market price discount off the market price. Use the following link to register your interest. Starter homes scheme.
Shared ownership (or shared equity) offers homes for sale on a 'part buy and part rent' basis. They are available through different housing associations. Look out for details of available schemes on this website. You can buy shares worth between 25% and 75% of the property's market value and you pay a subsidised rent on the remaining share. You may need to raise a mortgage to purchase your share. If you have a large deposit or equity from the sale of a property, this can also be used towards purchasing your share. Second-hand shared ownership properties are also available from existing owners. These are called resales.
The Council works closely with several housing associations to develop affordable housing, including shared ownership schemes. Our preferred partners are B3Living, Hastoe Group, Moat, and East Thames Group.