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Affordable rents

By far the greatest need for affordable housing within Somerset West area is for homes to rent.

Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and West Somerset are partners of the Homefinder Somerset scheme. Applicants needs are assessed and they are banded either Gold, Silver or Bronze. Properties are advertised on a weekly basis and applicants must 'bid' for properties they would like to be considered for. Bidding will be restricted depending on household size and adaptations to property etc to ensure that best use is made of available stock. Some properties may also be restricted to applicants with a local connection.

If you would like to apply for affordable housing to rent this can be done online. Alternatively you can request a form from your local Council.

The Localism Act 2011 introduced some IMPORTANT CHANGES to Tenancy Type and rents, affecting properties allocated through Homefinder Somerset.

Social Landlords are now able to let properties on a fixed term which is generally a minimum of 5 years in most circumstances, rather than for the life of the tenant.

Social Landlords are also now able to let properties at an 'Affordable Rent' as part of their contract for developing new homes. These rents will be at a level of up to 80% of the market rent locally. The additional funding raised will be used to pay for new affordable homes.

These changes will mean that there may be properties advertised with different rents and with different tenancies available, including both the new (Affordable Rents, Fixed Term Tenancies) and also existing tenancies such as Secure and Assured Lifetime Tenancies, social rent, intermediate rent etc, although most tenancies will continue to be offered on a lifetime basis

Recent and planned government changes to the welfare benefits system may also affect the size of property you are able to occupy.

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