Affordable housing is for people who are unable to rent or buy on the open market.
Apply for affordable housing
To apply for affordable housing go to the Homeseekerplus website (housing register).
Further information about Homeseekerplus can be found on the apply for council housing page.
Shared ownership is available to those people who are not able to buy a property suitable for their needs outright on the open market. Ownership is joint between yourself and a Housing Association so you pay both mortgage and rent on the property. You purchase a share between 25% and 75% of the property's market value and you pay a subsidised rent on the remaining share. Most schemes will allow you to purchase a greater share in the property after you have made the initial purchase and you may be able to eventually own your home outright.
Help to Buy Agent for the South are the Agency for the South of England including Gloucestershire. You will need to register with the Help to Buy Agent for the South to be considered for shared ownership and other low cost home ownership schemes. Please visit the Help to Buy Agent for the South website for further information on shared ownership and the range of low cost home ownership schemes, including the Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme https://www.helptobuyagent3.org.uk/ or telephone 0800 456 1188.