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How to apply for affordable housing

If you would like to apply for affordable housing, whether it is rented or low cost home ownership or just want to see what properties are available, you need to contact the relevant organisation. More information about the types and definitions of affordable housing available in Cheshire West and Chester can be found on our affordable housing page. 

Social/affordable rent 

Affordable homes for rent (this includes housing association, social housing and “council houses”), are advertised through West Cheshire Homes Choice Based Lettings scheme. This scheme allows applicants to ‘bid’ for available properties of their own choice, based on their housing need. You can browse on the West Cheshire Homes website to see which properties are available that week and for further information on eligibility. You have to register and complete an application if you want to bid for properties. 

Shared ownership and help to buy 

Help to buy  is the Government's affordable housing agent for Cheshire West and can provide details of shared ownership (part rent part buy, low cost home ownership affordable housing) and the Government loan schemes available to purchase new build market homes. Further information, including eligibility, applications and properties currently available in the borough, can be found on the Help to Buy website or phone 0300 790 0570. 

Discounted market sale 

Details of new and resale discounted market sale properties can be found on our affordable homes available page and are also advertised through national property search engines such as Rightmove, Zoopla and On the Market as well as local estate agents. More information on this product and a summary of the eligibility criteria can be found on our discounted market sale page.  

To purchase a discounted market sale affordable home, you need to apply online using our eligibility form or phone the Affordable Housing Team on 0151 356 6410 for a paper copy. 

Rent to buy  

There are very few rent to buy, low cost home ownership properties in West Cheshire, although more are planned over the next few years. To view the homes available and make an application, you need to contact the housing association who owns them directly. 

Currently there are no homes available. 

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