The Council has recently begun building new homes to rent and also assists housing associations (who may also be called Private Registered Providers) to build more homes. Wealden has approximately 1500 homes owned by housing associations in the District.
Most of the properties owned by housing associations in Wealden are for rent, but some are shared ownership (where someone part buys and part owns a property). When a vacancy occurs in a property it is generally offered to the Council so we may suggest someone from our Housing register.
Therefore it is important if you are interested in renting or buying a share in one of these properties that you complete a Housing Application Form to join Wealden's housing register. You can also get a form by contacting the Housing Options on 01323 443380.
There are some important differences between a housing association Assured Tenancy and a Council Secure Tenancy that you must be aware of:
- Rents - tend to be traditionally higher than Council rents but over the next 10 years all affordable housing rents will be similar
- Succession - rights are more limited than for Council tenants
- Right to buy - Assured tenants do not normally have the right to buy, but some tenants will have the Right to Acquire. This gives a lesser discount than the Right to buy
- Also read our Housing Association and the Part They Play in Housing (pdf)