How Shared Ownership works
With Shared Ownership you own an affordable share of a brand-new home. You get a long-term leasehold and have the same rights as someone who owns their entire home.
The initial share you buy will depend on your individual circumstances. Government regulations mean you must buy the largest share you can afford. Find out more about the government regulations on Own Your Home.
You can buy your share with:
- a mortgage
- a mortgage and cash
You will need to pay:
- a deposit
- a £500 reservation fee that we deduct from your deposit
- to get the property valued
- to arrange your mortgage
- your solicitor’s fees
- between one and two-months’ rent and service charge in advance, depending on what day we complete the sale
Your solicitor will confirm if you need to pay stamp duty.
Once you own your share, you must pay:
- to maintain your home
- your mortgage
- your rent and service charge
- other costs, like Council Tax, home insurance, water and energy bills
Buying more shares
You decide whether you want to buy more shares in the future. But the more shares you own, the less rent you will pay.
If you buy all the shares, you will completely own your home and will no longer need to pay rent.
Selling your share
You can sell your share to someone who is eligible for Shared Ownership.
Or you can buy the remaining shares and sell your home on the open market.
When you buy your share, you start a long leasehold. This means you have the same rights as someone who owns the home, not a tenant.
The leasehold is usually for about 990 years, so you will never need to extend it.
All our new homes come with a 10-year National House Building Council or Local Authority Building Control warranty. This covers any major structural defect.
You can claim an repairs allowance of up to £500 a year for the first 10 years. This is called the initial repair period.
This covers essential repairs like:
- external and structural repairs
- general repairs not covered under a warranty or guarantee
It does not cover damage caused by general wear and tear.
Consumer Code for Home Builders
We follow the Consumer Code for Home Builders. This is to make sure new home buyers are:
- treated well
- know what to expect
- always given reliable information