If you need to make payment for any service charges or rent due, you can do so online using our website, by Direct Debit, over the phone or in person.

Select the link below to find out more information about the many ways you can make a payment.

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Usually leaseholders and shared owners are responsible for all internal repairs to their home at their own expense. This includes items such as the glass in the windows and the window handles and locks.

If you need to report a repair for something we are responsible for, such as work in communal areas or any external repairs, then there are a number of ways you can do this. We recover the costs of any work we do in the common parts through the service charge you pay each month.

As a shared owner or leaseholder, you'll also need our permission if you wish to make home improvements.  This includes:

  • - New kitchen or bathroom installation
  • - New boiler or central heating installation
  • - Replacement doors and windows
  • - Conservatories or extensions
  • - Electrical installation and replacement
  • - Loft conversions


You don’t need our permission for:

  • - Redecoration
  • - Internal doors (unless you live in a block of flats)
  • - Replacing fence panels
  • - Replacing broken window glass.

To apply for permission to make home improvements or if you have any other questions about any alterations or changes you wish to make to your home please contact us.

Select the link below to find out more about repairs and home improvements.

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If you bought your home through Shared Ownership, you are able to purchase further shares in the property when it is affordable to do so. Staircasing allows you to increase your equity share and will reduce the amount of rent you pay monthly.

To find out more, click the appropriate link below.

  • - Did you buy your Shared Ownership home from Optivo? Read more.

  • - Did you buy your Shared Ownership home from Southern Housing Group (SHG)? Read more.

As a shared owner you are able to sell your property at any time and the Sales Services Team is on hand to help you through the process.

To find out more, click the appropriate link below.

  • - Did you buy your Shared Ownership home from Optivo? Read more.

  • - Did you buy your Shared Ownership home from Southern Housing Group (SHG)? Read more.

Extending a short lease to a decent length can add thousands to your property’s value. Generally, the shorter the lease, the lower the value.

To find out more, click the appropriate link below.

  • - Did you lease your home from Optivo? Read more.

  • - Did you lease your home from Southern Housing Group (SHG)? Read more.

As a shared owner, subletting your home is not allowed, apart from in rare circumstances (defined as ‘exceptional’).

This is because your home was built with government funding and we have to make sure that the people who benefit from this funding are not using their home to make money.

If you sublet your home without a written agreement from us you're in breach of the terms of your shared ownership lease. Subletting without permission is very serious and, if we have to, we'll take legal action and you risk losing your home.

If you have any questions about subletting please contact us.

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We know some leaseholders and home owners will be affected by the government's updated advice notes on building safety.

We completely understand this is causing concern.

We’ve further information on this subject, including how we’re working hard to push for more government support for leaseholders. 

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