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 council and housing associations, and is let at a low rent.

St Leger Homes manages the council's 21,000 homes. They work in partnership with Doncaster Council, other agencies and customers to provide quality homes in quality neighborhoods.

All available properties are advertised on a choice based lettings scheme at 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 2,300 properties. Properties are advertised on Doncaster HomeChoice.

Private landlord service

St Leger Homes offers a private landlord management service to manage homes on behalf of private landlords to increase the number and choice of properties offered. The rent for these homes are affordable and based on Local Housing Allowance levels.

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

What is affordable rent?

Affordable rent is subject to rent controls that require a rent of no more than 80 per cent of the local market rent (including service charges, where applicable).

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

First time buyer money tips

The Money Advice Service has some really useful tips for first time buyers to guide you through the process of buying your first home, including saving for your deposit and applying for a mortgage.

Help to Buy and low cost home ownership

The government supports several home ownership schemes called Help to Buy aimed to help people to get onto the property ladder. Help to buy schemes are designed to reduce the costs of home ownership by lowering the deposit required by lenders and also keeping monthly payments down.  There are several options available including:

  • shared ownership
  • rent to buy
  • help to buy equity loan scheme

You must meet the eligibility criteria to qualify for these schemes, which are only available through a HomeBuy Agent. The HomeBuy Agent for Doncaster is Help to Buy NEYH (North East, Yorkshire and Humberside).

For more information about all home ownership schemes currently offered these include: 

  • Shared Ownership
  • Discounted Sale
  • NewBuy
  • Forces Help to Buy
  • Help to Buy ISA
  • Affordability Scheme Calculator

Starter Homes

Starter Homes is a Government initiative in England that aims to help young first-time buyers (below 40 years) purchase a home with a minimum 20% discount off the market price.  


Right to Buy and Right to Acquire

If you rent your home from St Leger Homes, 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 St Leger Homes.

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 Department of Communities and Local Government.

To find out more about affordable housing visit the page.

Section 106

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

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Last updated: 10 August 2023 12:14:48

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