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About Affordable Housing

If you cannot afford to rent or buy a home on the open market, affordable or low-cost housing could help.

What is affordable housing?

Affordable housing is low-cost housing intended for people in housing need who can't afford to rent or buy on the open market.

It includes:

  • Affordable Rent
  • Affordable Home Ownership
  • Social Rented sector
  • Discount Market Sale

You can read the Rural Housing Alliance Guide to Rural Affordable Housing here.

What does 'affordable' mean?

'Affordable' refers to housing of any type that is considered to be affordable to local people on local incomes. This may mean lower than market value rents, shared ownership or reduced market sales.

The Council monitors income levels, house prices and rents in the area so that we can work out how many households can afford housing at different prices.

How can I find an affordable home?

  • You need to apply to go on the housing register, Devon Home Choice. Go to Devon Home Choice and follow the registration process.
  • You can find organisations selling Shared Ownership homes on Gov.UK - Shared Ownership.

About Devon Home Choice

Housing Association homes that are available to rent and shared ownership homes are advertised through Devon Home Choice.

Through Devon Home Choice you can:

  • Choose which homes interest you;
  • Move within Devon.

About Shared Ownership

  • Housing Associations (Registered Providers) build and manage shared ownership housing.
  • You can find more information on the Shared Ownership scheme on Gov.UK.
  • Check to see if you are eligible at Gov.UK - Eligibility.

Where is the affordable housing in the area?

  • It is located all over the area, but is mainly concentrated in the towns.
  • We measure housing need and affordability, and decide what type of affordable housing needs to be provided in which areas.

Contact Details

If you wish to contact us to discuss further, or you have any questions, please email us on the following address:

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