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Earlier this year the council published its corporate plan and within it made a clear commitment to ensuring that “people have a place to call home and can live with independence”. Following publication of the draft Island Planning Strategy for consultation earlier in 2019, there was, and indeed continues to be, significant concern expressed about the number of homes being planned for the Island.

As part of the Island planning strategy process, the Isle of Wight Council is working with parish and town councils to undertake an Island-wide housing needs survey. This will capture views on current and future housing needs of residents, and also help understand more about what is affordable (to buy and rent). This information will then be used to inform the council’s planning and housing policies in the future.

The survey can be accessed from and will run until 16 February 2020.


Island HomeFinder  

Welcome to Island HomeFinder, your key to a new home on the Isle of Wight.

Island HomeFinder is a partnership between the Isle of Wight Council, Sovereign Housing Association (formerly Spectrum Housing Group), Southern Housing Group and Vectis Housing Association.


Island HomeFinder aims to give customers choice in deciding where they want to live.  Properties that are available for rent are advertised each week. Once you have registered with Island HomeFinder, it will be up to you to let us know which properties you are interested in. This process is known as bidding. You may only bid for a property if your application has been accepted onto Island HomeFinder. You can bid for as many properties each week as you want, providing you are eligible for that property. The period in which you can make bids for homes is from 00:01 Wednesday until 23:59 on Tuesday each week. 

This website has useful information to help you find a suitable home. You can use this website to:

More information about the scheme can be found on the pages called Who Can Use the Service  and Frequently Asked QuestionsAlternatively click here to view the Scheme Guide.  Video guides can also be accessed via the Council's website here.

If you would like some help to use Island HomeFinder please contact Housing Services. Click How to Contact Us for contact details and opening hours.


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