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By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 12 Feb 2018 | comments*Discuss
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For some of us breaking into the housing market can be a difficult task especially given how house prices are falling and lenders are more reluctant to grant mortgages following the so-called ‘credit crunch’.

With this in mind we look at Shared Ownership Homes, a way in which to own part of a home – at least initially - and get a foothold on the property ladder.

What is Shared Ownership?

Shared Ownership is when two or more people own a home and have applied for a mortgage together. Mostly shared ownership is two people, usually partners, who have applied for a mortgage to buy the property together on the understanding that if one or the other decides to sell then he or she must seek the approval of the other partner and also must give them first refusal on the purchasing of their half.

Applying for a Mortgage Together

Many mortgage lenders favour joint applications for a mortgage as this spreads the risk should anything go wrong. However you must still go through the procedures of applying for a mortgage in the same way if you were applying as a single mortgage borrower.

When applying for any mortgage the mortgage lender will ask for details of your expenditure i.e.: how much money do you have coming in jointly, how much money is going out, do you have any adverse credit and are you both in full time employment?

If either one of you is unemployed then this may cause a problem and the mortgage lender may suggest a single applicant mortgage. However if you are both in full time employment and have no adverse credit the likelihood of your being accepted for a mortgage is greatly increased.

Buying a House Together

Buying a house together can be as daunting as if you were buying a house on your own so it is important to take all important decisions together and to be in agreement. If you both cannot agree on a way forward then it is best to go back to the drawing board as it were and try to come up with other solutions. It is important to consider how stressful buying a house can be and whether or not it is something you really want to do.

If you need advice and support, especially where mortgages are concerned, it may be worth employing the services of a solicitor or financial advisor who specialises in such things. He or she can help you with your mortgage application and also with the exchanging and signing of contracts.

Right to Buy for Shared Ownership

If you and your partner have shared a Housing Association or council home together then you may be eligible to buy the property if you have resided there for five years or more. You will be notified by the Housing Association or council if you have lived in the property for five years or alternatively you can apply in the last six months of year four of your tenancy. Again it is worth noting that if you cannot afford the buy the property outright you may be able to enter into a Rent to Buy scheme; this means that as partners you can purchase one half and rent the other whilst trying to raise the capital to buy the other half as well.

Further Information

As always it is a good idea to consult with a financial advisor or solicitor specialising in house buying before entering into any mortgage agreements. You should spend time considering all of your options before making a final decision and it is important also to take the time to consider your finances carefully before applying for a mortgage.

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Hi we are wanting to move from our shared ownership property to another shared ownership but i can't go on the mortgage due to bad credit etc, would my husband still be able to apply for a shared ownership property as a single applicant? with the housing association?
glover_113 - 12-Feb-18 @ 11:08 AM
I work as a sixth form study supervisor in a college , it's part time am I entitled to part ownership under key worker scheme.
L - 1-Nov-17 @ 9:28 PM
I am amazed that so many believe this is a good thing don't get me wrong if you use shared ownership for two years max then move in to a 100% property it can work but most don't they get stuck in it.Youwill have a property that is hard to sell that is extremely difficultto staircase to full ownership as the other share will move out of reach as prices increase and because of the costs of staircasing and you cannot even after 10 to 20 years or lessbuy another property as you have only gained a percentage in profitas time goes in it only comes to light when the new builds that are shared ownership get faults you will be are responsible for 100% maintenance boiler etc gas central heating and thr housing association recently told me I am responsible for the windows I am shocked as this was never pointed out at the point of purchase I would also add should you get into difficulty ie lose your job you will gain some help with housing benefit with the rental side but nothing with your mortgage whereas renting you would get housing benefits when you reach pension age this is real hardship and left with onky one choice to sell the share as you will not be allowed to do equity release either with a shared iwnership home! With a smaller profit that outright ownership options will be to go back to renting as in London even though you will have made some equity it will not buy you anything all shared ownership is really is an expensive deposit ie the mortgage part to secure a social housing home it tricks you into believing you are a homeowner but in reality you are just a tenant and will always be treated as such by the housing association except in the case of repairs then they will tell you to do it yourself as the rent you pay is just an occupancy fee to live there if it was rent you would get something for it in service but you get nothing andits a totally unfair situation and in my opinion not worth the hassle Getting out is harder trying to find somebody to buy your share good luck and if you manage to get the housing association to agree a 100% open market sale they will then inform you that you are liable to pay full estate agents fees based on the "full" value of your property not the share you own running into thousands and you will also also be liable for the housing associations legal fees as well as your own how they get away with this astonishes me but it's true solicitors go ahead and charge you as instructed.The schemes where you buy the propertywill be surrounded by a mix of social housing, rented and shared ownership tenants buying these properties All you are doing is paying a down payment for a social housing home that you would not have been offered in the system your neighbours however will have qualified for the same house or flat with no liability for service charges no repairs to do and no mortgage debt and will not have all the stress of trying to offload the place in their retirement and can live there until the
josie - 20-Sep-17 @ 11:45 AM
I'Ve just sold my shared ownership flat and upgraded to a three bed shared ownership home with my boyfriend to start a family. If things go terribly wrong and we end up splitting up, would I be allowed to buy another shared ownership flat (for a third time) if we sell this one and split the money? I'll never be able to buy somewhere on the open market and shared ownership is my only option. Obviously I hope we never split up but I need to know my options...
Carly - 20-Jul-17 @ 2:20 PM
LILLY - Your Question:
I own 25% of the property I saved some deposit and I am planning to buy a house with my friend but still keep share ownership property. Is that allowed?

Our Response:
Yes, there is nothing illegal about owning a second home. However, you would be eligible to pay capital gains tax if you make a profit if you sell a property that is not your the place that you live in. For example if you choose to live in your new home and not your shared-ownership property and you decided to sell your shared-ownership property, then you would be liable to pay and vice versa - please see link here. Also, you may wish to look in the contract terms of your shared-ownership property. This will highlight any clauses that you may need to watch out for if/when deciding what to do with your first home.
AffordableHomeAdvice - 22-Mar-17 @ 11:27 AM
I own 25% of the property I saved some deposit and I am planning to buy a house with my friend but still keep share ownership property. Is that allowed?
LILLY - 21-Mar-17 @ 2:57 PM
If I try to buy the 25% Equity in a shared ownership flat valued at £165k are the following costs likely to be incurred : My legal fees The Housing association legal fees Other HA fees What other costs are likely to be incurred ? How long is it likely to take ?
Skyblue180 - 2-Mar-17 @ 10:03 PM
I have bought 50% share from property builder or from the owner of property 5 years ago.Now I have try sell my 50% through property owner but failed.at this point definately looks I am trpped in scam (I am sure what I said is true). the flat we live is bit small but I can not buy another our desirable property because we are unable to sell.If call PPE is scam wy not this! I am sure government should investigate in share ownership schme & help & if you have any solution regarding my matter,Iwill be very happy to hear from you
kishan - 7-Dec-16 @ 3:08 PM
@sadielouise , thanks for your insight. It was really helpful. May I ask where you bought your shared ownership flat?I have been trying to get onto the scheme as a single buyer in London, still -working full time as a teacher with a £42/year salary and a £15k depositevery assessment company finds that I wouldn't be able to afford a flat - hence I can'r even book a viewing with a developer. It is rather annoyingand really frustrating.. I do envy you your luck :)
mags - 28-Oct-16 @ 8:30 PM
Emma - Your Question:
Good Afternoon, I was just wondering if you do the shared ownership scheme and if you could send me some information or an application form. ThanksEmma

Our Response:
We are a general advice page, so do not have this information. However, you can find your local help to buy agent via the link here.
AffordableHomeAdvice - 6-Jul-16 @ 11:42 AM
Good Afternoon, I was just wondering if you do the shared ownership scheme and if you could send me some information or an application form. Thanks Emma
Emma - 5-Jul-16 @ 1:30 PM
Titch - what a load of old rubbish.I currently live in a shared ownership property which I bought as a first time buyer and have lived there for 12 years.I put down a deposit of £5k and am now selling my house and will hopefully come out with £20k so there is lots of scope to move on. Clarkey - The monthly rent will be stated in by the housing association for the remaining share.For instance my rent for the 50% is £150/month but I know if I bought the other 50% share I could rent the house out for £500/month.So the rent on the 50% I do not own is £100 a month cheaper than if I were to rent a house of this type outright. I can't praise shared ownership houses enough.I was desperate to get on the housing ladder and this was the only way I could afford it.Now I am in the position where I can buy the rest or move on to another property where I can buy the 100%.Shared ownership gets a lot of bad press which really isn't fair mainly because people don't understand it and don't see the real benefits of it.I would highly recommend buying one if you want to get on the housing ladder and are struggling to afford a full mortgage.
sadielouise - 17-Mar-16 @ 11:52 AM
hi, i am buying a shared property on my own but still having my husband living with me i was just wondering what happens to the monthly rent i will be paying does it reduce the remaining half?
clarkey123 - 22-Jan-16 @ 10:39 PM
Those with low equity or first time buyersand especially pensioners thinking of using the shared equity scheme. BEWARE. Once you have paid your money into shared equity you will never be able to move again . Like many others you will be imprisoned in your own home for ever. Low equity will only allow you to move into another shared equity propertybut no other council in the country will let you in without local connection. This restricts movement, is cruel and unfair. Think very carefully before taking shared equity.
Titch - 30-Jun-15 @ 10:45 AM
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