What is Shared Ownership?
Shared Ownership is a scheme that allows you to buy a percentage of a property (usually between 25% and 80%) and a housing association owns the rest. You pay rent on the portion of the property owned by the housing association.
You can gradually purchase additional shares of the property when you can afford to do so. This is called ‘staircasing’.
Shared Ownership is only available on leasehold properties.
Who is eligible for Shared Ownership?
To be eligible for Shared Ownership you must:
- Be over 18 years old.
- Have an annual household income below £80,000 (£90,000 in London).
- Have a good credit record.
- Have enough savings to afford a deposit of 5-10%.
- Not already own a property.
- Not have rent arrears.
The housing association may also have eligibility criteria in addition to the above, so it is important to check.