Affordable housing

Affordable housing could be the first step you take in owning your own home at a price you can afford to pay.

What is affordable housing?

Affordable housing could be the first step you take in owning your own home at a price you can afford to pay. Affordable housing is:

  • About buying a house or flat. It does not have to be renting a property from a Social Housing Provider.

  • Often found in new developments. In many cases these houses are designed to be energy efficient and have been built to high standards. Councils can require developers to provide a percentage of affordable homes as part of their planning policies.

  • Not just for people with low incomes. You can find out if you qualify by contacting your local housing association.

  • About making home ownership available to a wide range of people irrespective of what job you have. It is not just for Key Workers.

Whilst there are a number of different ways in which affordable housing is provided, the schemes may be designed so that you pay less than the market value for your home, or to give you other financial assistance to help you buy your home.

Co-op Legal Services has a range of partners of specialist Solicitors and Conveyancers who are experts in all areas of affordable housing. They can guide you through the process and give you clear and simple explanations of what is involved.

Find out more about the different types of affordable housing

Conveyancing partner

Co-op Legal Services works closely with our conveyancing partners, to ensure they provide you with a high quality, fast and competitively priced service. Once you agree, you will become their client and they will undertake your conveyancing work. Our Approved Partner will confirm the contact information, experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work for you and will give you their terms of business.

We monitor the service our conveyancing partners provide to ensure it provides you with the service you would expect to receive. Our partners are fully regulated and authorised by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers and/or the Solicitors Regulation Authority. For introducing you, our conveyancing partners will pay Co-op Legal Services a referral fee. The amount of the referral fee may vary depending on the conveyancing partner. This is not added to your charges and you will not have to pay anything extra. It is paid directly by them to cover our marketing and administration costs.

About Co-op Legal Services

Co-op Legal Services has over 600 staff working in different businesses with offices in Manchester, Bristol, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sheffield and London.

As part of the Co-op Group, our values of openness, honesty, social responsibility and caring for others are core to the service we provide.