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Affordable homeownership schemes

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There are a number of options available to assist people who are struggling to get on the property ladder and also those who would like to move up the ladder.

 

Affordable Homeownership Register

Stockton Council is working to increase the number of affordable homes for sale for local people who are struggling to buy a property in Stockton-on-Tees.

Through its powers under planning legislation, the Council ensures that on all new private developments across the Borough which are over a certain size, a proportion of the new homes for sale are 'affordable'. This could include options such as shared ownership or discounted market sale.

Find out more information and current availability for affordable homeownership.

 

Help to Buy NEYH

Help to Buy is an umbrella term for a range of government funded schemes designed to help people to get onto the property ladder. There are several options available, including equity loans, rent to buy and shared ownership.

Help to Buy NEYH are the agent for the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside. They can provide advice on the schemes available, check if you are eligible and help you to find a property.

Visit the help to buy NEYH website for more information. Alternatively you can speak to a member of the team directly on 0113 852 6888 or email admin@HelptoBuyNEYH.co.uk.

 

Current Affordable Homeownership schemes 

Stockton Council maintains an Affordable Homeownership Register.

To be considered for properties on the register you can apply to join the Register either online or by downloading an application form and returning it to us once completed.

        Complete the online Affordable Homeownership Register application form       

 

Eligibility for the Affordable Homeownership Register

To be considered for any of the properties available through the Affordable Homeownership Register, you will need to complete an application form.

Checks will be carried out which include a tenancy and anti-social behaviour check via the Council's Landlord Liaison team, as well as a full financial assessment to check whether the property you are interested in is affordable.

 

Who qualifies for the Register?

To be accepted onto the Affordable Housing Register, applicants must meet a number of qualifying criteria:

  • be aged 18 years or over
  • be employed or self employed (unless buying with cash only)
  • have a household income of under £60,000 per annum

Applicants must also fall in one of the following categories:

  • be a household in a regeneration area
  • have a local connection and be unable to afford to purchase on the open market without assistance
  • be a social housing tenant in the Stockton Borough and be unable to afford to purchase on the open market without assistance
  • be accepted as homeless and in priority need and be unable to afford to purchase on the open market without assistance

Applicants will not be eligible if any of the following apply:

  • the applicant has a County Court Judgement registered against them and has not repaid the debt
  • the applicant is currently bankrupt
  • the applicant has rent arrears on a current or former tenancy or has breached a tenancy agreement
  • the applicant has a history of anti-social behaviour
  • the applicant or another member of the household who will be living with them, own or have a share in another
  • property (including property which is rented out) or have an existing mortgage

For additional information about eligibility of the Affordable Homeownership scheme:

View the guidance document to the Affordable Homeownership Register.

           Complete the online Affordable Homeownership general enquiry form          

 

Contractors Registration Scheme

Stockton Council is not able to help all homeowners who need financial help to finance home improvements. However, we can provide details of reputable contractors who have registered their details with us.

Contractors registered to this scheme are checked to ensure that they meet the following conditions:

  • the company is creditworthy
  • appropriate Health & Safety policies are in place
  • the contractor has sufficient skills and knowledge to undertake the work and appropriate insurances are in place

We do not endorse contractors registered to the scheme, nor do we accept any responsibility for the actions or conduct of the contractors.

If you intend to use a contractor from the list, we recommend that you are satisfied of their capability and suitability before appointing them to carry out work in your home.

View the list of registered contractors