If you can’t quite afford a mortgage on 100% of a home, Help to Buy: Shared Ownership offers you the chance to buy a share of your home (between 25% and 75% of the home’s value) and pay rent on the remaining share. Later on, you could buy bigger shares as and when you can afford it.
You are able to buy a home through Help to Buy: Shared Ownership in England if:
- your household earns £80,000 a year or less outside London, or your household earns £90,000 a year or less in London
- you are a first-time buyer
- you used to own a home, but can’t afford to buy one now or are an existing shared owner looking to move.
With Help to Buy: Shared Ownership you can buy a newly built home or an existing one through resale programmes from housing associations. You’ll need to take out a mortgage to pay for your share of the home’s purchase price or fund this through your savings. Shared Ownership properties are always leasehold.
Only military personnel will be given priority over other groups through government-funded shared ownership schemes. However, councils with their own shared ownership home-building programmes may have some priority groups, based on local housing needs.
People with disabilities
Home Ownership for People with Long-Term Disabilities (HOLD) can help you to buy any home that’s for sale on a Shared Ownership basis if you have a long-term disability.
You can only apply for HOLD if the properties available through the other home ownership schemes don’t meet your needs, e.g. you need a ground-floor property.
You can get help from another home ownership scheme called Older People’s Shared Ownership if you’re aged 55 or over.
It works in the same way as the general Shared Ownership scheme, but you can only buy up to 75% of your home. Once you own 75% you won’t have to pay rent on the remaining share.