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Housing options for service personel and veterans

A guide to housing options available to service personel and veterans


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Shelter offer advice for current and former members of the armed services and their families.

Citizens advice information applies to: 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.

If you have housing questions or problems, there is help available for you if you are in the Armed Forces, a veteran or a family member of someone in the Armed Forces or a veteran.

You can use this information to find out about the help available to you, depending on your situation. You can also use this information to find out about organisations that can help you with your housing needs.

Forces help to buy offer help to get on the property ladder.

Help to Buy South West is the Government appointed Help to Buy Agent for the following regions. 

  • Cornwall
  • Devon
  • Dorset
  • Somerset - excluding Mendip, North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset

If you cannot quite afford the mortgage on 100% of a home, Help to Buy Shared Ownership offers you the chance to buy a share of a home (between 25% and 75% of the home's value) and pay rent on the remaining share. Later on, you could buy bigger shares when you can afford to - this is called Staircasing.

Barratt Homes offer Britain's military servicemen and women special incentives to help them get their feet on the property ladder.

Taylor Wimpey offer an armed forces discount you could get a discount of up to £500 for every £25,000 you spend on a new home! It is exclusively available to armed forces personnel at many Taylor Wimpey developments.

Military Mortgages from Forces Mutual provide advice and help in finding the most suitable mortgage for you.