Homes & Housing

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There's a wide range of housing options in Essex - take a look at these property websites to get an idea of what you could get for different budgets in different areas.

We’ve also collected some handy information on renting and buying homes in Essex here.

Resettlement Support

If you are an NQT moving to Essex to teach in a secondary school or a special school with secondary age pupils, you may be eligible to claim resettlement grant of up to £750 including VAT if you meet the criteria of the scheme. If you are moving to Essex to take up a leadership post in a secondary school or a special school with secondary age pupils, you may be eligible to claim up to £1,500. Please visit the Resettlement section for details. Please note that these incentives are not available to staff taking up posts in academies.

If you are a headteacher who needs to move to the County to take up your appointment you may be eligible for a relocation payment of up to £2,500 including VAT. Please note that this incentive is not available to headteachers appointed to academies.

Help to Buy

Teachers in Essex schools may be eligible to apply for one of the Help to Buy housing schemes.

These include:

Help to Buy shared ownership - new build homes

New build shared ownership offers you the chance to buy a brand new home on a part-buy/part-rent basis.

Help to Buy shared ownership - Resales (existing homes)

The Resale shared ownership scheme is just the same as for new build homes. Depending on what you can afford, you can buy initial shares worth between 25% and 75% of the property's market value. You pay a rent, subsidised by the government, on the part of the property you don't own.

Help to Buy - equity loans

The Help to Buy - equity loan scheme gives first time buyers the opportunity to purchase a new build home with the help of an equity loan guaranteed by the government.

HOLD (Home Ownership for people with Long-Term Disabilities)

HOLD aims to give people with long-term disabilities the chance to own a shared ownership home and live independently. You'll need to meet the usual eligibility criteria for buying through Help to Buy and you should be able to meet all the ongoing regular payments and costs of home ownership.

Rent to Buy

Rent to Buy gives you the chance to rent a new build home from a housing association for an agreed period at around 20% less than you would pay for a similar private rented home in the area.

Discounted Rent

Discounted Rent (also known as Intermediate Rent) gives you the chance to rent a new build home from a housing association for an initial 6 month period at around 20% less than you would pay for a similar private rented home in the area.

For further details of the schemes and eligibility criteria, please visit www.helptobuyese.org.uk

Housing Options for Essential Workers in Rayleigh

Teachers working in schools in the Rayleigh area may also be eligible to apply for housing for essential workers through Rochford District Council. Please visit https://www.rochford.gov.uk/housing-options-essential-workers for details.

Relocation Funding

If you are appointed to a headship in a community, foundation, voluntary controlled or voluntary aided primary, secondary or special school in Essex and need to move at least 40 miles from outside the County to take up your post, you may be eligible to claim a relocation grant payment of up to £2,500 including VAT if your new address is within 25 miles of the school.

Items that can be claimed under the scheme include removal expenses and storage fees, legal and associated costs in buying and/or selling a property, estate agency fees, incidental expenses and a contribution towards initial costs For full details of the scheme and an application form, please contact the Schools Recruitment Team. Email us on recruitment@eesforschools.org or call us on 033301 30782.

We regret that teachers appointed to posts in academies are not eligible to apply for the resettlement or relocation grants.

Resettlement Grant

If you are an NQT moving to Essex to teach in a secondary school or a special school with secondary age pupils, you may be eligible to claim resettlement grant of up to £750 including VAT if you meet the criteria of the scheme. If you are moving to Essex to take up a leadership post in a secondary school or a special school with secondary age pupils, you may be eligible to claim up to £1,500.

Items that can be claimed under the scheme include removal expenses and storage fees, legal and associated costs in buying and/or selling a property, estate agency fees, incidental expenses and a contribution towards initial costs.

For full details of the scheme and an application form, please contact the Schools Recruitment Team. Email us on recruitment@eesforschools.org or call us on 033301 30782.

We regret that teachers appointed to posts in academies are not eligible to apply for the resettlement or relocation grants.