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Useful Links

There are many organisations that offer detailed advice which can help you with housing, money matters and more personal support. We've carefully selected the links below to offer pointers in the right direction to find out more on housing and housing-related information. 

www.homematch.org.uk
Metropolitan's new service to help Londoners meet their perfect home for less. One application form gives access to homes from Metropolitan and from partner housing providers. Homematch also provide expert advice on low cost home ownership and less than market rent housing options by phone on 0845 230 8099.

www.london.gov.uk
The Mayor of London and Greater London Authority website.

FIRST STEPS
Website featuring homes from providers of FIRST STEPS home ownership schemes (Shared Ownership, Rent to Save and Equity Loans) in London.

www.helptobuy.org.uk
To get details on the Help to Buy equity loan scheme and find out who your local Help to Buy Agent is.

www.helptobuylondon.co.uk
London's Help to Buy Agent, offering information on Help to Buy in the capital, as a well as a property information form for when you reserve your Help to Buy home and are seeking authority to proceed.

www.homesandcommunities.co.uk 
The website for The Homes and Communities agency, the national housing and regeneration agency, who fund and regulate HomeBuy outside of London.

Money Advice Service
An independent service, set up by government to help people make the most of their money, the Money Advice Service give free, unbiased money advice to everyone across the UK – online, over the phone and face to face. 

www.communities.gov.uk
The central Government department responsible for Housing.

www.gov.uk
The place to find government services and information.

www.fca.org.uk
The Financial Conduct Authority, who regulate financial service in the U.K., including the mortgage market.

www.metropolitan.org.uk
Metropolitan's corporate website.

www.myfirsthome.org.uk
The after-sales website for home owners who have bought their home with a Government backed equity loan scheme such as Help to Buy, FirstBuy, HomeBuy Direct, the First Time Buyer's Initiative or the London Wide Initiative.

www.housing.org.uk
The National Housing Federation (NHF) represents 1400 independent, not-for-profit housing associations in England and is the voice of affordable housing. NHF members provide 2 million affordable homes for 5 million people. The NHF are currently campaigning for more homes to be built, back them at www.yestohomes.co.uk.

www.cih.org
The body for Housing professionals, find out about current reports in Housing, training and professional development and standards.

www.citizensadvice.org.uk
The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice from over 3,000 locations, and by influencing policymakers.

www.shelter.org.uk
Homelessness charity that runs a housing helpline, has a network of housing aid centres, and works with local citizens advice bureaus.

www.womensaid.org.uk
Support for women trying to escape domestic violence.

Stonewall
The lesbian, gay and bi-sexual charity who campaign against homophobia and for equality and diversity.

www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
Provide impartial information and advice and have a network of advice centres in the UK specifically designed to help people take action to reduce CO2 emissions.

www.freecycle.org
Find free stuff, donate don't dump!

www.accessible-property.org.uk
The register for accessible housing UK-wide.

www.mysafehome.info
Mortgage advocates for people with disabilities.

www.nhas.org.uk/index.htm
The National Homelessness Advice Service (NHAS) offers advice providers in England the specialist support and professional resources necessary for giving the most appropriate, accurate and timely housing advice to people.

www.lease-advice.org
The Leasehold Advisory Service is a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) funded by Government to provide free advice on the law affecting residential leasehold property in England and Wales.

Right to Buy
If you’ve been a council or housing association tenant for 5 years or more, now might be the perfect time to think about buying your home.

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