Shared Ownership (Part Buy Part Rent)
What is Shared Ownership?
Shared ownership is an affordable home ownership scheme which involves part owning, part renting a property. It is designed for people who can’t afford to buy a home outright on the open market. It is available through housing associations and new build and existing shared ownership properties, known as resales, are available through shared ownership. It is the most established affordable home ownership scheme, and is available throughout England.
The most established affordable housing scheme is shared ownership, whereby you part buy part rent property from a housing association. The scheme is sometimes referred to as ‘part own part rent’ because you literally own part of the property and pay a rent on the remainder that is subsidised so as to be affordable.
How does Shared Ownership work?
· Buy a share in a property, usually ranging from 25% to 75%
· Pay below-market rent on the remaining share owned by a housing association
Although your maximum share can sometimes be capped, with most shared ownership homes you can 'staircase' to full ownership in the future (i.e. buy more shares in the property up to 100% ownership). There is more information about staircasing here.
The rent you pay can be up to 3% of the association's share of the property value. Shared ownership properties are leasehold properties, meaning you will own the lease on them for a fixed period of time, typically 99 years.
You also have to pay a service charge for the property, which is usually charged on a monthly basis.
What properties are available for part rent part buy schemes?
You cannot purchase any property on the open market. Shared ownership housing is generally restricted to properties owned by a housing associations.
Most part buy part rent properties are new build and the only national scheme for part owned houses on the second hand market is where an existing owner sells their share on to a new owner in a process known as a resale.
You can search for housing association shared ownership properties, including part buy part rent flats and houses, using our shared ownership property search tool.
Selling your shared ownership home
You can sell your shared ownership property at any time but the housing association has the right to find a buyer for your home, if it still owns a share of it and to buy it back first.
Shared Ownership mortgages
The mortgage team at Share to Buy ltd has significant experience in arranging mortgages for shared ownership schemes, and has access to the main part buy part rent mortgage lenders. Find out what you can borrow and the potential cost of a shared ownership mortgage using our shared ownership mortgage calculator tool which enables you to search for shared ownership mortgages from across the market.
Rent to buy
Rent to buy properties make another important affordable housing option. With the rent to buy scheme you can rent a property at a below-market rate, enabling you to save towards a deposit so that you can eventually purchase that property. Thus, rent to buy schemes offer a way to part own houses and flats after a period of initially renting them – hence, rent to buy housing is sometimes called ‘try before you buy’. You can find both rent to buy flats and rent to buy houses on the Share to Buy property website.
12th August 2016
Intermediate rent, also known as IMR is an affordable housing scheme for those who are unable to afford a suitable home to meet their housing needs on the open market. Eligibility criteria will apply. To find out more about this property for Intermediate Rent in Southampton click the following link to view more information and if you feel you may be eligible to apply, follow the links to contact the housing provider. Two bedroom flat for intermediate rent in Southampton, SO16 Be quick to show your interest, as IMR properties in Southampton are of limited availability.
Click here to begin your search for a intermediate rent properties in the south of England or any area.
10th August 2016
Are you looking for home ownership in Kent? We have brand new Shared Ownership houses in Chatham , ME4 added to our Shared Ownership property portal this month. The Skylark Waters development is a selection of 3 bedroom houses & 2 bedroom houses available to part-buy on St Mary's Island, Chatham. Why not take a look at the 2 bed houses & 3 bed houses in Kent, taking note of the eligibility critieria on display. If you feel you may be eligible, show your interest now by contacting the housing provider. You could potentially take your first step onto the housing ladder with one of these affordable homes in Kent.
Click here to begin your search for a shared ownership property in Kent or any area.
9th August 2016
Part of Southern Housing Group, Southern Home Ownership provide affordable home ownership solutions to people living in Lodnon and the South East. They offer a wide range of developments, from traditional family homes to vibrant city apartments.
Southern Home Ownership are sponsoring the London Home Show Autumn 2016. We spoke to Vikki Walker, Sales Manager at Southern Home Ownership about what you can expect from them at the event.
8th August 2016
L&Q is a leading housing developer and housing association in London. L&Q build homes for a range of tenures, including a large Shared Ownership programme across London.
L&Q are sponsoring the London Home Show Autumn 2016. We spoke to L&Q's Regional Sales Director, Lucy Chitty, about what you can expect from L&Q at the London Home Show.