Page last updated at 15:49 GMT, Tuesday, December 18 2012
Everybody needs a place to live but it's not always that
There is a national shortage of housing and this
has resulted in very high house prices. The price of a starter home
can be as much as nine times the average income in Eastleigh and
market rents in the private sector are equally high.
The recession has made matters worse, with fewer homes being
built and mortgages harder to get. The demand for social rented
housing has never been greater.
Our job is to advise you on your best options according to what
you can afford and help you to keep a roof over your head.
Most low cost rented
housing in Eastleigh is managed by housing associations and the
page 'What is a Housing Association?'
explains what they do.
To apply for a housing
association home to rent or to part buy you need to join the
Homechoice register. This page explains
everything you need to know about Homechoice.
If you worried about
becoming homeless we can help you with advice to prevent
this happening and help you find somewhere else to live.
Our page 'I'm going to become Homeless'
explains what we can do.
If you can afford to
rent privately or can get help with the rent there are many private
landlords operating in Eastleigh. Our page 'Help to Rent Privately' shows you how to
find a place of your own.
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Housing Benefit is
available for people on low incomes, according to their means. Our
page 'Help to Pay the Rent' puts you in
touch with the housing benefit service.