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Welcome to Island Cottages Limited

Isle of Wight Based Charity & Registered Housing Society

Island Cottages Ltd. was formed in 1938 and is a charitable social housing provider registered with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) who are the regulators for social housing providers in England. We are also members of the National Housing Federation, the voice of affordable housing in England.

Island Cottages was the first charitable housing association on the Isle of Wight and one of the first in England with its original principal aim:-

‘to prevent more affluent people buying country cottages as weekend homes by purchasing them, maintaining them and keeping them in good condition and offer them for the occupation of rural tenants at a rent that rural workers could afford.’

The Association has 38 rural properties mainly in the south west of the Isle of Wight and continues with its original policy to ‘provide good quality, sustainable housing, as economically as possible, for those mainly working within the local community and being in housing need’.

All properties are let and managed in accordance with housing needs and we do not discriminate against any applicants or tenants and meet our obligations and responsibilities under Part 4 (Premises) of the Equality Act 2010.

We are a very small social housing provider but the expectations are that we manage our housing stock no differently than larger housing associations. This has its challenges because of the number of Listed properties that we have but we continue to manage, maintain and invest in our housing assets and aim to deliver investment in our existing properties, stock improvement, planned maintenance and responsive repair programmes, in a structured and sustainable way to meet the needs and aspirations of our residents.

Registered with Homes England & the Regulator of Social Housing. Registration no: L1815. Member of the National Housing Federation, reg no. 1481.

Office Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday, 9am to 4pm. (Except public holidays.)

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