Unlike other landlords we do not charge a bond or admin fee and provide you with an accredited repairs service to give you peace of mind 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We offer long term tenancies so that you can set up a home without the worry of having to find a new property every six months. You will have a dedicated Housing and Communities Coordinator to help you manage your tenancy, get to know your local area and help with any queries.
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If you wish to apply for any of the homes displayed you will be re-directed to DurhamKeyOptions.co.uk to register your interest or an application.
Some homes are immediately available, if you have any queries regarding a particular property you are interested in, please contact our Housing Team who will be happy to help you.
We have a range of homes available to buy outright. If you are buying a home outright may you will need to arrange a mortgage and have a deposit which can be as little as 5%. We ask for a £100 reservation fee which will be deducted from the sale price of your home and secures your chosen plot. If your home is already built we estimate it will take 10 – 12 weeks from reservation to moving in but we will keep you updated on a weekly basis on how the sale is progressing.
If your home is still under construction we will provide weekly updates and give you an estimated moving in date.
Rent-to-buy is a great option for aspiring homeowners that are not quite ready to purchase. Our rent-to-buy offer gives you the opportunity to rent a property at a 20% discount* meaning you are able to save towards a deposit to buy your home at the end of the three year rental period. To be eligible for rent-to-buy you must meet the following criteria:
Rent to Buy Criteria
Remember as well as the cost of your new home you will also have other expenses as part of your move. We’ve created this guide to help you budget.
Legal fees – You will need to appoint a solicitor to handle the legal part of your purchase. All solicitors charge slightly different fees so we recommend you shop around for the best deal but you should budget to pay between £350 and £500.
Valuation fee – If you are arranging a mortgage to buy your new home your mortgage company will want to carry out a valuation to make sure you are paying the right price. Basic valuations are sometimes included for free but if you have pay for your this, you should budget between £150 and £1000.
Surveyors fee – Before you buy your property you may want to get it checked by a surveyor. Basic surveys range from £250 up to £600 for full structural surveys. However it’s optional whether you want to have one carried out and remember you will receive a 12 month customer care guarantee as well as warranties for other part of your home. For full details on what warranties you will receive click here.
Removal costs – If you have large items that you want to move into your new home you should expect to pay between £50 and £100 per hour for a professional removal company.
Stamp Duty – All of the properties on York Hill fall under the stamp duty threshold meaning no stamp duty is payable.
Phone and internet connection: Once you have moved in you may want to set up a phone line and broadband and may be charged a connection fee which can cost up to £130 although sometimes it is free.
For more information about moving costs visit The Money Advice Service.