Affordable rents were introduced by the Government to allow social housing providers, like Southern Housing Group, to charge up to 80% of the local market rent for the homes we let. These rents may be higher than those we've charged in the past and the extra income we get will be used to help develop new homes for those in housing need.
The rent we charge will be no more than 80% of the market rent value, but is often lower depending on location.
Affordable rent homes will be available to applicants in housing need that have household incomes of up to £90,000 (if applying for a property in London) or £80,000 (if applying for a property outside of London).
Applicants must be able to pay the rent without spending more than 40% of their gross income as we do not want to encourage people to live in housing which they cannot afford.
We will aim to prioritise households in employment, where possible. Prioritising applicants in employment does not apply to Affordable Rent properties designed for older people or where applicants are unable to work due to a disability or caring responsibility. More information on eligibility is available in our Affordable Rent Policy.
How to apply
Applying through your local council
Some of our affordable rent homes are advertised through the local authorityand you will need to register with the the local authority housing department for the area you wish to move to. Many councils use choice-based lettings schemes. If you are successful in selecting one of our properties advertised through your local council’s scheme, we’ll contact you to talk you through our tenancy application process.