Welcome to the South Devon Rural Housing Association Website

Covid 19 Update:

 Due to the change in Covid 19 Government restrictions effective from 10/12/21, all SDR staff will be working remotely from home. Our office will be closed until further notice, however normal services will continue. Please do not attend our office, as we would not wish you to have a wasted journey. If you need to speak to an officer please contact us on 01803 863550 or email info@southdevonrural.com

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Christmas Office Hours: Our office will be closed over Christmas and New Year. The office will be closed from 24th December 2021 at 12.00pm and re-open on Tuesday 04th January 2022. During this period you will not be able to contact a staff member.

If you have an emergency repair, during this period, that cannot wait until our offices re-open, please ring 01803 863550, where you will be connected to National Property Assistance (NPA) who will arrange a contractor to attend. Please do not email an emergency repair, as it may not get actioned.

Job Vacancy - Development Manager/Technical Surveyor

South Devon Rural Housing Association (SDR) was established in 1958 as Dartington Housing Association. Evolving over 60 years into a strong, community-based organisation, it has sound working links with local communities and an enviable reputation in South Devon for its quality housing and services.

We see ourselves very much at the heart of our communities, offering a uniquely personal and caring service to our residents. Our role as a ‘niche’ provider enables us to get involved in housing activities that may not be of interest to others, often in partnership with local authorities.

Our development subsidiary Rural Homes Limited (RHL) is a for profit company set up to project manage building and refurbishment projects. RHL is wholly owned by South Devon Rural Housing Association and delivers cost effective development projects for SDR and other small housing providers across the South West.

We are currently expanding our Development Team at Rural Homes and looking to provide extra support for the Asset Management service provided to tenants of SDR. This role is therefore an ideal position for someone mid career who is looking to build and broaden their skills and experience.

Reporting to the MD of Rural Homes Limited, in this role, you will have the opportunity to seek out and progress new build housing opportunities, promote and deliver Community Led Housing Schemes and help to develop and implement a comprehensive Asset Management Strategy whilst also delivering a customer focused repairs service for our residents. Ideally you will have a surveying or building qualification and previous experience of the Housing Association sector. You'll also need a keen eye for detail and strong project management skills, along with the ability to keep accurate records.

We want to hear from you if you’re energetic and enthusiastic. We need a team player, someone skilled at building relationships with residents, developers, contractors and other external stakeholders but who shares our ethos and values and wants to play a key role in a small, but perfectly formed community based social housing and care business.

For a full job description click here

To apply please forward a letter of application and a copy of your CV directly to Christine Candlish, Chief Executive at: Christine@southdevonrural.com

Closing Date: 12 Noon Wednesday 24th November 2021

South Devon Rural Annual Report - Click Here

Important Notice: Out of Hours Emergency Repairs Contact.

If you have an emergency repair out of office hours, you need to ring 01803 863550. You will be diverted to our new Out of Hours Emergency Repairs provider, National Property Assistance (NPA24/7).

Covid 19 Update - What You Need To Know


WANTED- Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair for Rural Homes Limited
Click here for details

Corporate Plan for 2020 to 2025

Coronavirus: Covid 19 Update: Letter and FAQ's for residents.

Further to the Government 2nd National Lockdown, SDR’s offices remain closed and staff continue to work from home. We are continuing to deliver most services as normal, being mindful of Government guidance. We will continue to carry out repairs to your property. When making an appointment with you, our contractors will carry out a Covid risk assessment to ensure that it is safe to carry out the repair, and if you feel it is not appropriate, we can postpone the repair until a later date. If it is an emergency repair, which may effect your safety in the home, then we will review these on a case by case basis. If you have any concerns during the lockdown, feel free to contact us on 01803 863550 and ask for a member of the housing team. For further information Click Here

Forder Lane House Residential Home Notice

We would like to offer reassurance of our commitment to keep your loved ones and our staff safe, as Coronavirus cases are increasing in the UK.
We have decided as a precautionary measure to minimise all visits to the care home.
It is imperative that we first and foremost protect the safety and welfare of our residents and staff.
We are monitoring Government and Public Health advice and should the situation change we will update this notice or contact you by phone.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Questions and answers for residents

 Rent to buy - up to 10% contribution to purchase price (terms apply)

The SHIP Project Plymouth – ready for occupation one flat remains. Contact Elena.

Work will begin shortly on the site in readiness for demolition and construction to begin in the New Year. It’s expected that the first affordable homes should be ready for occupation before the end of 2019.

HOMES FOR SALE - see sales section under 'Our Homes'

Forder Lane House provides quality residential care you can be confident of - Rooms available.

 The Care Quality Commission carried out an unannounced inspection of Forder Lane House.  Here is the Report .

MyTenancy Home Page

Our latest tenant newsletter can be found on the Tenant Pages drop down under Newsletter 

Services for other Landlords


We are able to offer quality management services to leaseholders and to other landlords operating in South Devon - please see our Management Services section 'About Us' for more details or call Francis Bourke on 01803 863550