Housing

Housing issues will always arise and therefore you need to know your rights and responsibilities.  With in this sector of the BFRS website we will try to provide you with information and advice from housing organisations.

This information will be aimed at:

  • people who will soon be leaving the Armed Forces
  • people who used to serve in the Armed Forces (veterans)
  • the dependants of people who will soon be leaving the Armed Forces and veterans.

We hope to cover such issues such as:

  • finding a place to live
  • mortgage problems
  • renting a home
  • rent arrears
  • moving and improving your home
  • problems where you live
  • what you have to pay

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Date Posted: Thursday, 17 October 2019 @ 16:04
Plans for a new national model for shared ownership will help thousands of lower earners step onto the housing ladder. Plans for a new national model for shared ownership will help thousands of lower earners step onto the housing ladder  Social tenants moving into new homes will be given the chance to buy a shareJust a 10% minimum initial stake will be required, cut from 25% for all shared ownership homes ​ Plans to allow people to buy their...
Date Posted: Friday, 27 September 2019 @ 09:07
Ex-Service personnel make up 3 per cent of those accessing homelessness services in England. That translates to over 1,000 ex-Service personnel classed as homeless, and up to 4,000 requiring urgent support to find accommodation, every year.In 2018 together with the Cobseo Housing Cluster ​Stoll began a campaign to reduce homelessness among Veterans as close to zero as possible.Stoll and Riverside commissioned research, funded by th...
Date Posted: Saturday, 31 August 2019 @ 08:00
Over 132,000 people have signed up to the government-backed savings account Help to Save – depositing more than £31.4 million.The account offers working people on low incomes a 50% bonus on what they save –rewarding them with 50p for every £1 they put away. Over 4 years, a maximum bonus of £1,200 is available on savings of up to £2,400.Statistics published today (30 August 2019) reveal that those using Help to ...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 18 June 2019 @ 11:03
Government housing accelerator Homes England has today published its latest annual housing statistics, which show a significant increase in the number of affordable homes being built in England. Figures have been released for the number of housing starts and completions delivered through Homes England programmes between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019. These show the highest levels of starts for nine years and the highest levels of completions for...
Date Posted: Monday, 3 June 2019 @ 12:51
Work begins on 212 new homes at Upton Park to meet the needs of local people The site forms part of a wider development of 860 homes A further 1,400 homes are proposed at Upton LodgeBuilt by Morris Homes, the scheme will form part of a wider 860 home development on land owned by the Government’s housing agency, Homes England, who have also invested £77 million in infrastructure for the district, including roads and parkland.Morris wil...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 20 March 2019 @ 10:40
Veterans who have become homeless, or at risk of it, will be supported through an extra £1 million boost, the Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP announced today (20 March 2019).The money will help ensure those who have served their country have a roof over their heads and have the support they need once leaving the Armed Forces.The fund will be shared among the ten combined authorities and the Greater London Authority who wi...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 19 February 2019 @ 15:28
Service leavers and their families will be now be able to access military accommodation for up to a year after they hang up their uniform, giving them more time to look for permanent accommodation as they transition back to civilian life.Current Service Family Accommodation (SFA) rules, which allow personnel who have left the Armed Forces to stay in military housing for six months, will be extended to 12 months where availability of accommod...
Date Posted: Wednesday, 30 January 2019 @ 15:26
Nearly £500 million will be spent building more than 11,000 much-needed affordable properties across the country, Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP has announced today (30 January 2019).The funding boost, which will help the government towards its target of building 300,000 properties a year by the mid 2020s, was announced at the London First Building Summit this morning.The strategic partnerships, agreed by Homes England fr...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 6 October 2015 @ 15:04
The Defence Secretary aims to double the number of loan recipients under the scheme that has already helped 5,000 personnel in 18 monthsThousands of troops and their families have bought their own home as a result of the successful home-buying scheme Forces Help to Buy, which was launched in April 2014.The MOD has loaned £75.7m to around 5,000 applicants within the last 18 months. And a further 1,900 personnel have had their applications ap...