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WTF is affordable house-hunting? Seven ways to help you find a cheaper home
You seek it here, you seek it there, but where is all the affordable housing Londoners are constantly promised as part of big developments? Invariably, by the time a developer has put up a sign outside an attractive-looking plot, all the cheaper units have sold. It does exist - but you have to do your homework. 1. Register with Notting Hill Housing association This citywide housing association works with private developers on the distribution and sale of their 'affordable' quotas, and it also regularly over-meets its own quotas. Its Camberwell Fields development was only required to include 24 shared-ownership flats, but delivered 120. Newlon is another one worth registering with. 2. Talk to developers directly 'Register with any developers and agencies in the area you're interested in,' advises Wendy Gordon of the Notting Hill Housing Association. This means legwork: literally. Walk around an area and make a note of developers at building sites, then contact them. If you're registered directly you'll get their marketing emails, and first dibs on invites to viewings before the scrum. 3. Get the government to boost your budget The Department for Communities and Local Government has extended its Equity Loan scheme to 2020. It offers up to 20 percent of the price of a new-build as a five-year, interest-free loan (more info at www.helptobuylondon.org.uk). You need at least a 5 percent deposit, then the government will loan you up to 20 percent, and the remaining 75 percent
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London area guides
Highgate area guide
North-east of Hampstead Heath, Highgate has long been a distinguished neighbourhood. It has been home to notables for centuries: Dickens had James Steerforth live there in 'David Copperfield'. There's also the famous Highgate Cemetery, where people like Karl Marx and Douglas Adams are buried. If hanging around a cemetery (however beautiful) isn't exactly your cup of tea, there are several great restaurants, pubs and bars in the area as well. Boogaloo, for example, is a pub that hosts a market and themed DJ nights. What are your favourite Highgate haunts? Let us know in the comments.
Dalston area guide
It may not seem the case as you peer out of the Overground station, but Dalston is packed with fun nights out, affordable (delicious) meals and unique bargain buys. Our guide to Dalston's best bits will help you get to grips with an area that's a glorious blend of London's many tastes and characters.
Peckham area guide
'Is Peckham the new Shoreditch?' The correct answer, of course, is 'who cares?' You just have to spend a day in the area to see how much it's got to offer. Highlights include a bargain cinema, Thai street food, one of the city's best clubs, a tantalizing chocolate shop and plenty more besides. Put the hype to one side and get to know our favourite places in the neighbourhood.
Chiswick area guide
Leafy Chiswick is a welcome retreat from bustling central London. From its idyllic riverside properties to its High Road, packed full of great places to eat and drink, it's an area popular with families, media types and celebrities alike. For a day out, Chiswick House is one of the prettiest tourist attractions in London, while you're never far away from a good pub (Fuller's brewery is located in the area), or a decent restaurant.