Affordable Housing Open Day tomorrow

Published: Wednesday 23rd October 13

Come along to the Affordable Housing Open Day tomorrow (Oct 24) to find out all you need to know about buying your first home.

Hundreds are expected at the event, which is completely free to attend.

First time buyers and council tenants who live or work in Wandsworth and want to get on the property ladder can find out more about the wide-ranging advice, support and financial assistance available from the town hall, including information on:

  • Shared Ownership – part buying and part renting a property
  • The House Purchase Grant – grants to help council tenants buy or adapt a home, or to use as a deposit towards a shared ownership property.
  • Right to Buy – the maximum discount for tenants to buy their council home has increased to £100,000.

Representatives from local housing providers will be there, and independent financial advisors and solicitors will also be on hand to provide one-to-one advice on mortgages and the buying process.

The event is organised by the council's Home Ownership Team, which manages a list of eligible first-time buyers who live or work in Wandsworth. Many of the new homes being built in Wandsworth can be purchased on shared ownership terms by local first-time buyers who live or work in the borough and who are on the list.

Wandsworth's housing spokesman, Cllr Paul Ellis, said: "Increasing the choice of affordable housing and helping Wandsworth people buy their own home are council priorities.

“Through our Affordable Housing Programme we’re working with developers to ensure many of the new homes being built in the borough are available to local people through shared ownership, and we’ve lobbied for an increase in the maximum Right to Buy discount to enable council tenants to buy their home.

“At the same time we’re directly supporting the creation of affordable homes to rent, and are running a Housing into Work pilot scheme, which will see young people on the housing waiting list given help finding work along with the keys to their own council home.”

The Affordable Housing Open Day will be on October 24 from 2pm to 8pm in the Wandsworth Civic Suite, Wandsworth High Street.

For more information about the event or to learn more about home buying opportunities in Wandsworth visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/homeownership, call the Home Ownership Team on (020) 8871 6016/6017 or email  housesales@wandsworth.gov.uk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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