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Applying for a council property

Mutual exchanges

Affordable home ownership

Right to Buy

Poppy Fields housing development

We can offer a variety of ways to help you find a suitable home within Mansfield, whether you want to rent or buy a home.

Applying for a council property

Most people will need to have a 'local connection' to the Mansfield or Ashfield areas to register with the our Homefinder service.  There are also cases where people with no local connection will be able to register with Homefinder.  Please check our pdf icon local connection guidelines [162kb] to see if you qualify to join the Housing Register.

To be eligible to bid for a social housing property you first need to register online by visiting the Homefinder website.  (Application forms are also available at the Civic Centre).

When your application has been registered you will receive your unique six digit reference number. You can then start bidding on properties that have been advertised and for which you are eligible.

Properties are advertised on the Homefinder website every Wednesday morning and you can place a bid right through to the following Monday night.

Homefinder is the lettings partnership between the Mansfield and Ashfield district councils and housing associations in both districts.

For more details regarding Homefinder, please visit the Homefinder website.

All council properties are let in accordance with the pdf icon Homefinder Lettings Policy [243kb]

In 2015-16. we let 632 properties across the district to applicants in Homefinder's priority rehousing bands, 

Mutual exchanges

A mutual exchange is when an existing tenant from either a local authority, an arm's length management organisation (ALMO) or a housing association decides that they would like to exchange their home with another tenant.

We have joined with Swap and Move so that our tenants may advertise their properties for free on the mutual exchange website.

To arrange a swap:

  1. Find another tenant who might wish to swap properties with you.
  2. Contact them to arrange to view each other's properties.
  3. If you both still want to go ahead with the mutual exchange, please contact us to arrange a home visit and give final approval.

All swaps must be approved by us before they can take place. We can refuse your application for reasons such as one of the properties being adapted for disabled tenants, or where one of the properties would become overcrowded or under-occupied following the switch.

Affordable home ownership

If you cannot afford to buy your own home, there are a number of low cost home ownership schemes that might be able to help including:

  • Equity Loan Scheme
  • Shared Ownership
  • Rent to Buy
  • Discounted Market Sales
  • Forces Help to Buy
  • Home Ownership for People with Long-Term Disabilities (HOLD)
  • Older Persons Shared Ownership (OPSO)

If you are interested in any of the above you will need to apply through Help to Buy Midlands.

Please see our pdf icon low cost home ownership leaflet [872kb] for more details.

If you are interested in any affordable home ownership product please click on this link to submit a questionnaire.

Right to Buy

Right to Buy allows eligible council tenants to buy their council home at a discount. It could be an investment for the future and your first step onto the property ladder.

To be eligible to buy your home, you must either:

  • Have lived in your property for a minimum of two years if your tenancy started before 18 January 2005.
  • Have lived in your property for a minimum of five years if your tenancy started after 18 January 2005.

Certain types of housing are excluded from the Right to Buy scheme - for example sheltered housing for the elderly or disabled.

Buying your home is a big financial decision that needs to be carefully considered.

Our Right to Buy officer and a team of national Right to Buy Agents are on hand to offer free advice, support and information for any tenant who would like to become a homeowner.

Contact our Right to Buy officer on 01623 463062 or visit the Right to Buy website for further details.

Poppy Fields housing development

Poppy Fields is an exciting new housing development situated a few miles north of Mansfield town centre, which is being built by the council. It is an extra care housing development built in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council and the Homes and Communities Agency. The development is made up of 64 homes including bungalows, houses and apartments. There are also communal facilities including a kitchen, lounge, television area, two multi-purpose activity and meeting rooms, allotment space and a sensory garden. A two bedroom house is currently are available for people aged over 55 to buy as part of the Older Person's Shared Ownership scheme. For further information about the properties; extra care, the Older Person's Shared Ownership scheme and living at Poppy Fields, call the Homefinder team on 01623 463076.



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