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Anyone understand part-buy/part-rent?

(15 Posts)
lmm6 Mon 01-Apr-19 21:59:23

DD is in rental. We could afford to help with deposit for house - but she can't get a mortgage as she doesn't earn enough.
Have seen part-buy/part-rent scheme but not sure how they work? Anyone understand the concept?

FountainPen Mon 01-Apr-19 22:03:05

This shared ownership guide explains how it works and who is eligible.

jusnoneed Mon 01-Apr-19 22:26:17

Basically you buy part value of house and pay rent to the company (housing association etc) that owns the rest. So you have mortgage for your part. £150,000 house you would need £75,000 mortgage for half share, which is probably most common start point.
You will have to pay part of any work they decided to do.

grannyticktock Tue 02-Apr-19 11:32:50

It's a common arrangement in "affordable" housing. Check the tems and conditions; sometimes the householder has to pay for all the maintenance/improvements even though they only own a proportion of the property.

Nonnie Tue 02-Apr-19 12:19:20

It is a great way to get a foot on the ladder and you can buy different proportions of a property depending on your circumstances. see:

Do read the T & Cs very carefully though because in some cases if you make improvements the housing association owns their proportion of the improvements if you sell. This does not apply to a relative in NI though. It usually costs more to sell up than with a normal property.

Once in your shared ownership home you can 'staircase' which means buying a further share in the property. When doing so you need to take into account the legal costs associated.

lmm6 Tue 02-Apr-19 13:01:43

Thank you, everyone. That is all very helpful.

Pam2974 Wed 01-May-19 14:29:22

I was unsure about shared ownership also but my daughter showed me a website that helps explain it easier.

I hope this helps

David0205 Wed 01-May-19 17:17:29

It seems an easy way to get onto the property ladder but check the T&Cs and maintenance agreement. In particular check what charges or restrictions apply if you need to sell, you could get a nasty shock.

notanan2 Mon 06-May-19 21:19:45

Nope. I know several people who did it and ended up so much worse off when they had to move on, losing all the equity they had paid off and more (so deposit gone, back to square one with nothing).

All had to go back to rentes because of the massive losses they had to absorb when they came to sell.

notanan2 Mon 06-May-19 21:20:28


notanan2 Mon 06-May-19 21:23:35

So none were able to use them as a stepping stone due to the difficulties and big losses they faced when selling. One even had to borrow money from family just to get out and walk away from it!

They are often built/designed as "starter homes" rather than homes that can grow with a family long term. Okay for a young couple and maybe a small baby but people out grow them and then struggle to move. You are also in trouble if you need to move locations quickly for work or family etc.

notanan2 Mon 06-May-19 22:06:25

The only benefit is that you cant be asked to move every 6 months. On the downside, you really are a bit stuck there.

Its like timeshare/equity release... go into it knowing you'll prob loose money so long as it has other benefits for you

TwiceAsNice Tue 07-May-19 06:30:14

My friend has one. She had a 70% share and pays rent on the 30% she doesn’t own around £100 a month. She is in her sixties and as it will be her last house when she dies they take back the percentage she owes and her two children get the rest as inheritance when it is sold. Her son is named as executor so will sort out all the legal stuff. Perhaps it is more complicated if you want to move again but she doesn’t

notanan2 Tue 07-May-19 06:38:12

But it will still need to be sold on her death presumably so the problems such as not being allowed to chose your estate agent etc still arrise?

notanan2 Tue 07-May-19 06:51:08

Is there money set aside for him to meet the maintenance obligations during probate and the probably lengthy sale?

And what happens during probate if he isnt allowed to sublet it and also isnt allowed to leave it vacant.

He may be inheriting an expensive headache!