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I want a low cost or affordable home

If you can't afford to get onto the housing ladder you may be able to apply for subsidised home ownership through Shared Ownership.

If you can't afford to rent a home on the open market you can register with Devon Home Choice (housing waiting list) to apply for social housing. Remember, there is a shortage of affordable homes to rent.

How do I apply to buy an affordable home?

  • To get your name added to the Council's Housing Register (waiting list) go to Devon Home Choice.
  • If you are interested in a Shared Ownership property (affordable housing that is part rent and part buy) you can use the eligibility checker on GOV.UK - Eligibility to check if you are eligible to buy a home through Shared Ownership

How do I apply to rent an affordable home?

  • Register with Devon Home Choice.
  • Applicants are banded according to their housing need. 
  • Vacant properties are advertised weekly and applicants can choose to apply for up to three properties each week.

For more information and advice, please contact the Housing Advice Team.

How to buy Shared Ownership?

You will need to find a provider that sells Shared Ownership Homes in the area you want to buy:

  • Most provider details will be available on GOV.UK - Providers.
  • Some provider details will not be available on GOV.UK (because their properties were not funded through a government funding programme) and their details will be updated soon.

You will need to search on each provider webpages to find properties of interest.

Providers will also advertise all available properties on at least at one of the following and therefore your search may include these websites:

  • Zoopla or Rightmove
  • Other UK property websites
  • Estate agent websites

You will need to make an application to a provider if you are interested in one of their available homes.

About Devon Home choice

For more information about Devon Home Choice, please use the button below: 

Find out about Social Housing

How much money do I need to earn to buy a home through Shared Ownership?

  • If you earn less than £15,000 per annum you are not likely to qualify - it depends on the area, and the property you want to buy.
  • You can still register if you meet the other eligibility requirements.
  • You may well need an annual income, which is much more than £15,000.
  • A deposit and other costs, such as legal and survey fees will be needed.
  • You also need to be able to afford ongoing costs of ownership, such as repairs and maintenance.
  • If you earn more than £80,000 per annum you are not likely to be eligible.

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