The council no longer manages or provides affordable housing. This is done by not-for-profit organisations called Housing Associations. They sell or rent properties at a lower cost than market prices and manage thousands of homes in this area.
The council operates a choice based lettings scheme, called Hampshire Home Choice, which all the housing associations with stock in the district are signed up to.
Vacant properties are advertised weekly and applicants place bids of interest on these properties. Priority is given to households in the greatest housing need.
If you rent your home and are on a low income, you may be able to claim housing benefit to help pay your rent.
Domestic violence and housing need
Southern Domestic Abuse Service runs refuge accommodation offering support and temporary accommodation to women and children escaping domestic abuse.
They also offer outreach services to women, children, young people and men not staying in a refuge but still in need of advice, support and information.
Part of our role is to monitor and improve housing conditions in the private sector. We provide advice and support to all residents and landlords to help make homes safer, and we can inspect a property if we have reason to think that there is a health or safety hazard.
There is a drop in housing advice service from 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday at Penns Place, Petersfield.
No appointment is necessary but if you wish to speak to a specific officer it is best to make an appointment in advance. This service is also available on the telephone.
They will be able to talk to you about:
- The sort of housing available
- Hampshire Home Choice
- What to do if you are homeless
- Notices to quit
- Temporary housing
- Shared ownership
- Supported accommodation
To you would like to speak with us, please contact us online or call the housing team on 01730 266551.
We also offer an out of hour’s service for emergency cases. In this instance, please call 07850 358156.