Housing Associations (Affordable Housing)

Housing Associations in Doncaster own, manage and maintain over 4,000 properties

New homes built in Scawsby

Affordable housing

Affordable housing is for people who are unable to meet their housing needs through renting or buying a home on the open market. 

Housing should be at a price low enough for people to afford in relation to their income and the local housing prices.

Affordable housing can be split into two types:

  • social-rented housing
  • low-cost home ownership 

Social Rented housing

This housing is normally provided by the City of Doncaster Council and Housing Associations and is let at a low rent. 

St Leger Homes of Doncaster Ltd manages almost 20,000 homes on behalf of the City of Doncaster Council.  They work in partnership with the City of Doncaster Council along with other agencies and customers to provide quality homes in quality neighbourhoods. 

All available properties are advertised on a choice-based lettings scheme.  Doncaster HomeChoice where you can also find out more about applying for social housing and housing options. 

Housing Associations

At present the Housing Associations in Doncaster own, manage and maintain over 4,000 properties. We work with local housing association partners to deliver our affordable housing programme, through identifying appropriate land and working in partnership with Homes England.

Our current delivery partners are:

What is affordable rent?

Some properties are let at Affordable Rent levels, which is subject to rent controls that require a rent of no more than 80% of the local market rent (including service charges, where applicable).

Council House New Build Programme

For more information on the latest affordable homes in Doncaster please visit the new build programme page. 

Right to Buy and Right to Acquire

If you rent your home from St Leger Homes and are a council tenant with at least five years tenancy you might be eligible to buy your home at a significant discount through Right to Buy.  To check your eligibility and find out more about the Right to Buy visit the St Leger Homes website.

Some Housing Association tenants may also be eligible to buy their home under Right to Acquire.  To check your eligibility and find out more, visit Right to acquire website

Private landlord service

St Leger Homes offers a private residential property management service to manage homes on behalf of private landlords to increase the number and choice of properties offered.

If you are a private landlord and would like to know more about this service, or a prospective of a private rented home with St Leger Homes, visit St. Leger Lettings  for more information.

The rent for these homes are affordable and based on Local Housing Allowance levels.

Low-Cost Home Ownership

In Doncaster there are several options available including: 

  • Shared Ownership
  • Rent to Buy
  • First Homes 

For more information about all home ownership schemes currently offered follow the link to the new Government website - Own your own home these include: 

  • Shared Ownership
  • Home Ownership for People with Long-Term Disabilities (HOLD)
  • Older Persons Shared Ownership (OPSO)
  • First Homes
  • Discounted Market Sale
  • The Mortgage Guarantee Scheme
  • Help to Build Equity Loan
  • Forces Help to Buy
  • Lifetime ISA (LISA) 

You must meet the eligibility criteria to qualify for these schemes. 

Section 106 Agreements


The Council legally requires a S106 Agreement for sites where 15 or more dwellings are proposed.  In Doncaster, the housing obligation of the S106 Agreement requires that either 15% (identified low value areas) or 23% (elsewhere) of all the new housing on the site must be affordable.

An information guide to Section 106 delivery of affordable homes is available to download on the planning department page.

 To find out more about affordable housing visit the Gov.uk page. 

More housing information:

Last updated: 21 March 2024 14:06:20

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