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Affordable housing

Affordable housing is a home that you buy or rent, below the current market value. It is usually provided by housing developers, designed, and made to the same standard as other properties on the development.

You can get an affordable home in one of two ways - buying a home or renting.

Buying a home

This is usually through our Discounted Market Sale scheme (DMS), but there are other options such as Shared Ownership or Help to Buy. Information on both schemes is on the Help to Buy website

Discount Market Sale

Developers sell homes on their housing sites with a percentage discount. The amount of discount differs on each site to make it affordable. To be eligible to buy a discounted home, you need to meet criteria relating to your local connection and how much your earn (this information is available when you apply).

How to apply

Contact the housing developer directly for more information, and information on how to apply. Currently the following schemes are available through DMS:

Selling your Discount Market Sale home

To keep houses affordable, when you sell your DMS home you must pass your discount onto the next buyer. This doesn't mean that you will not make a profit on your home. Once you decide to sell, you must contact us to let us know. We will also be able to advise you on selling your home.

First-time buyers

If you're a first time buyer the Starter Homes scheme could help you buy a new-build home with a 20% discount. See Starter Homes scheme for more information.

Renting an affordable home

Apply for these properties in the same way that you apply for other properties to rent - either through Durham Key Options or directly to the Our Finding a home to rent page provides more information about how to apply to rent affordable housing.

Contact us
Housing Development and Delivery
03000 265 263
Our address is:
  • Room 5/122
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UL
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