Get help to own your home
Published: Tuesday 29th October 13
A record number of people received advice on buying their first home at last week’s Affordable Housing Open Day.
Around 1300 turned up to the free town hall event – the largest number in the event’s nine-year history.
They were able to chat to local housing providers, independent financial advisors and solicitors and members of the council’s Home Ownership Team to get information on shared ownership, the House Purchase Grant, Right to Buy and other schemes aimed at helping them on the first rung of the housing ladder.
Wandsworth's housing spokesman, Cllr Paul Ellis, went along to the event to chat to potential first-time buyers (pictured top second from right). He said:
"It was great to meet so many local people who aspire to own their own home, and I hope they found last week’s event helpful. We know it’s not easy to afford a London property, but it’s a council priority to increase the choice of affordable housing available, and help our residents get first choice of the many new homes being built.”
The council has launched its Affordable Housing Programme to work with developers to make more affordable homes available to buy, and Wandsworth has successfully lobbied for an increase in the maximum Right to Buy discount to enable council tenants to buy their home.
Wandsworth is also directly supporting the creation of affordable homes to rent and its Housing into Work scheme links the provision of social housing to younger people with help to secure employment.
The Home Ownership Team 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. Last week the council revealed that all 38 shared ownership homes in the new Osiers Gate development near Wandsworth Park went to people registered with the team.