If you’re interested in one of our Shared Ownership properties in a rural area, it is likely that you’ll need to prove a local connection to the area in which the homes are built, or the surrounding areas.
What counts as a local connection?
The following situations may give you a local connection.
Living in an area
You have a local connection if you've lived in a council/parish council area for at least:
- 6 out of the last 12 months
- 3 out of the last 5 years
Staying in emergency housing or a refuge counts. Time spent in prison or hospital doesn't count.
Working in an area
You have a local connection if you're working or self-employed in a council/parish council area.
Close family in the area
You have a local connection if any of the following family members have lived in a council area for at least 5 years:
- adult children
- brothers and sisters
The council might accept a local connection based on other family members. For example, if you were brought up by another relative and remain in close contact
Can I get some help?
Yes, simply complete the form below and we'll do our best to answer any questions you have.