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What I may need to consider if I am successful with bidding

Published: Friday 24 June 2022

When you have successfully bid on a property, all housing associations will require rent in advance when signing a new tenancy. 

The amount required for a particular property will be on the property advert.

You may be able to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment to help towards rent in advance, but only if you receive housing costs through Universal Credit or Housing Benefit at the time of application.  The link to apply is below: 

You may be eligible to apply for a Budgeting advance if you are in receipt of Universal Credit, even if you do not have existing housing costs:

Universal Credit advances - GOV.UK (

Below is a list of things to consider when moving:

• Removal costs

• White goods (fridge/freezers/washing machine/cooker/microwave)

• Furniture

• Flooring

• Curtains/blinds

• Bins (new build properties)

Here are some links to useful websites that may help with the above:

New discounted property for Sale in Sherfield on Loddon

Published: Thursday 10 February 2022

A two-bedroom mid-terraced bungalow has become available for sale in Sherfield-on-Loddon.

The 25% discounted property has two bedrooms, a fitted kitchen and bathroom and garden. It has allocated parking and visitor spaces. Offers must not exceed 75% of the market value price - £262,500.
Applicants must have a local connection to Basingstoke and Deane and must be unable to afford a property on the open market.
For more information and to express an interest in this property contact our Low Cost Home Ownership team before Thursday 24 February 2022 via email

New scheme to open up home ownership

Published: Thursday 10 February 2022

Residents looking to get onto the housing ladder will be given a helping hand as part of a new affordable housing scheme. 

First Homes is a new government scheme designed to support local first time buyers to buy a new property which is discounted by at least 30% of open market value, up to £250,000. 
An interim eligibility criteria gives priority to local residents and key workers in the borough and will be in place until a new policy is introduced as part of the borough’s Local Plan update. 
Work is now under way to develop a new Low Cost Housing Register to enable residents to register their interest and be made aware of new low cost home ownership opportunities, including when First Homes become available within new developments in the borough. 

 Click here for more information on low cost home ownership

EU Settlement Scheme – Deadline for applications 30 June 2021

Published: Wednesday 9 June 2021

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen who was resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, you and your family members (including children and non-EU citizens) need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK beyond 30 June 2021.

You still need to apply to the EU Settlement scheme even if you:

Children will need their own applications. When you apply for your child you can ‘link’ their application to yours. This means that if your own application is successful, your child will get the same status as you.

You can apply online for the EU Settlement Scheme.

Further information, including where to get help with an application, can be found on the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council website.

If you do not apply by 30 June 2021, you can lose the right to live and work in the UK.

Basingstoke and Deane Own Home Loan scheme

Published: Thursday 8 April 2021

Basingstoke and Deane Own Home Loan scheme is aimed at people living or working within the borough, to assist them to take their first steps on the property ladder. The scheme is modelled on the Government’s existing Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme, but the Own Home Loan scheme allows successful applicants to purchase existing homes, not simply new build properties. A total of £580,000 has been made available from the council’s unspent affordable housing contributions, which will allow for up to 20 households to borrow up to £30,000.

Applications for the scheme are open but there are limited spaces available. If you are interested in taking advantage of the scheme please email with the following information:

  • Your name, date of birth, telephone number and current address.
  • Your housing register (Homebid) reference number.
  • Confirmation that that you can afford a minimum 5% deposit for a property suitable for your needs.

Qualifying applicants will be prioritised on a first come, first served basis. For any further information visit and for any queries please email