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How to access housing

There are various different types of housing you may wish to apply for:

  • Affordable/ Social Rent
  • Shared ownership/ low cost home ownership options
  • Sheltered/ supported housing

New affordable rented housing is mainly developed and managed by our housing association partners, but all homes are allocated through the council’s Homes4Wiltshire housing register.

There are many new developments in the pipeline across Wiltshire.

In South Wiltshire a large amount of the affordable rented housing is still owned and managed by the council. You can apply for these homes in exactly the same way as for the housing association homes.

To apply for any affordable rented home you must register with Homes4Wiltshire.


Shared ownership is a form of low cost home ownership for applicants who wish to own a home of their own, but cannot afford to buy a property on the open market. Qualifying applicants can purchase a share of a home from a housing association and pay rent to the housing association for the remaining share.

In Wiltshire, shared ownership properties owned and managed by Wiltshire Council are advertised on the Homes4Wiltshire website and shared ownership properties owned and managed by registered providers (Housing Associations) are advertised and allocated through the Help to Buy South agent.

The Help to Buy agent covering Wiltshire is called Help to Buy South, their website provides help and advice, details of vacancies and details of how to apply on the Help to Buy South Register.

In order to be eligible for shared ownership opportunities you will need to have a local connection to Wiltshire.


The Help to Buy equity loan scheme is available to first time buyers and those who have bought a home before if buying a new build property. This normally works by finding a new build property and applying for the equity loan scheme. Details of the scheme are provided on the Help to Buy South website.


If you would like to find out more about the Help to Buy options available to you, the team are often holding events around the South. Please visit the Help to Buy events website for more information.


For more information, please see our section on the different types of specialist housing.


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Last updated: 14 September 2016 | Last reviewed: 14 September 2016