Housing associations like Accent Housing are not-for-profit organisations that provide affordable, quality housing to people on low income and those who need additional support. This includes people who are in need, such as the homeless.
Renting a home from a housing association is much more affordable than private renting. However, due to high demand, it is not always easy to get a housing association property. Some areas have a higher demand for housing association properties. This includes the Surrey Heath area.
Are There Housing Association Properties Available In Camberley?
Yes. Camberley is home to a number of housing association properties.
In 2006, Accent Housing acquired a large number of properties in the Camberley area. This includes houses and flats suitable for families, couples and individuals. We also have a selection of sheltered housing properties available in Camberley, which are suitable for the over 55’s.
You can explore our homes in Camberley here.
How Do I Get A Housing Association Property In Camberley?
To be considered for a housing association property, you must first register with your local housing association. You can usually do this online or over the phone.
You will be asked a series of questions to determine whether or not you are eligible for a housing association property. These questions may relate to your income, family, living situation, job history, savings, assets and past homes.
Unlike local authorities, most housing associations allow anyone to rent a home from them. However, some locations including Camberley have a high demand for affordable housing.
When there is a high demand, only people who are eligible will be considered for a housing association. If you are deemed eligible, you will be added to a waiting list and properties are then allocated based on priority level.
Am I Eligible?
If you would like to rent a housing association property in Camberley or one of the surrounding areas, you must meet the criteria to be considered eligible.
Because Camberley is such an excellent place to live, the demand for affordable housing far outweighs the number of homes available. Here is just a handful of the criteria you must meet to be considered:
- must be 18+ years old
- must not be subject to immigration control
- must have a specified connection to Surrey Heath. This may be because you have previously lived in the area, or you have been in settled employment of at least 16 hours per week for 12 continuous months, or have a close family member who already lives in the Borough and there’s an evidenced need to move to the Borough to provide or receive care.
- must not be a property owner or have the financial resources to purchase or privately rent a suitable property
- must not have deliberately worsened their circumstances intending to secure social housing
- must not have housing-related debts or be guilty of anti-social or illegal behaviour
To view the full list of criteria, please get in touch with Accent Housing.
What Happens Next?
If you meet the requirements and are considered eligible for a housing association property in Camberley, you will be categorised based on your circumstances and priority level.
For example, a homeless person will have high priority, as will a family with young children living in unsuitable or unsanitary housing. With homes in such high demand, the waiting lists for a housing association property can be very long in Camberley.
If you want to relocate to the Camberley area and you would like to get on the property ladder, Accent Housing may be able to help! Through Help To Buy schemes such as Shared Ownership, we have helped thousands of people on low incomes become homeowners.
With Shared Ownership, you purchase a percentage of your home and pay subsidised rent on the rest. Residents usually purchase between 25% and 75% of their home’s full market value and can increase their percentage in a process known as staircasing. Find out more about Shared Ownership here.
Our experienced property sales team Homemade offers both new and resale shared ownership homes across the country, including in Surrey Heath.
Get In Touch
Accent Housing has been providing quality, affordable homes for a diverse range of people across England since 1966. You can read much more about Accent, who we are and what we do on our website.
If you have any questions about renting or buying a housing association property in Camberley, don’t hesitate to get in touch.