Looking for an affordable home

There are different types of affordable housing available. What type of housing can be provided will depend on your circumstances.

Social Rented Housing

This type of housing is owned by and provided by Housing Associations (now known as Registered Providers). The rents on these are set by the government.

You must register with Homesearch to look for and bid for properties. When you register, you will be awarded points based on your circumstances. The higher your priority the more points you will be given. This is known as the Choice Based Letting System

Properties are offered first to applications with the highest priority.

Or you can apply direct to a Housing Association (Registered Provider). Each will have their own system for placing you on a waiting list.

Affordable Rented Housing

This type of housing is owned by Housing Associations (now known as Registered Providers).

You must register with Homesearch o look for and bid for properties. When you register, you will be awarded points based on your circumstances. The higher your priority the more points you will be given. This is known as the Choice Based Letting System.

The amount of rent charged is more than social rented housing, but less than privately rented housing.

The properties are maintained in the same way as social rented housing.

You can apply direct to a Housing Association (Registered Provider). Each will have their own system for placing you on a waiting list

Intermediate Housing

This type of housing includes property to rent and to buy and is owned by Housing Associations (now known as Registered Providers).

Properties are available to households who are not a priority for social housing, but cannot afford the cost of privately rented housing, or afford to buy a home.

These properties are available and advertised through Space Properties

Shared Ownership Housing

Shared ownership is designed for people who may not be able to afford to buy a whole house with a normal mortgage, or may want a specific property such as a bungalow.

You can get a shared ownership home through a housing association (now known as a Registered Providers). You buy a share of your home with a mortgage (between 25% and 75%) and pay rent on the rest.

You can buy a home through shared ownership if your household earns £80,000 a year or less and any of the following apply:

  • you're a first-time buyer
  • you used to own a home, but can't afford to buy one now
  • you're an existing shared owner

If you want to sell your home, the housing association has the right to buy it first. This is known as 'first refusal'. The housing association also has the right to find a buyer for your home.

If you own 100% of your home, you can sell it yourself.

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Contact us

Private Sector Housing

Strategic Housing
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street
Wakefield
WF1 2EB

01924 306665