Prices will start at £100,000 for a 40% share for two bedroom houses and £124,000 for a 40% share for three bedroom houses.
What is Shared Ownership?
Under the Shared Ownership scheme you part-own and part-rent your home, making it possible for first-time buyers and families to get on the property ladder.
The minimum share you can purchase is 40% and the maximum is 75%. You will usually pay a mortgage on the part you own and a subsidised rent on the part you don’t own. As your income rises, you can increase the share you own until you eventually own 100%.
Shared Ownership is for anyone who doesn’t currently own a home. If you want to get on the property ladder, but can’t afford to buy outright on the open market, then Shared Ownership could be for you.
It doesn’t matter what your job is, but your income must be less than £90,000 within London and £80,000 outside of London. You’re no longer required to live or work in the area where you intend to buy, however there may be some exceptions to these rules where historic agreements have been made with local authorities about certain developments.
Although you can register your interest before you’ve applied for shared ownership, you won’t be able to view or reserve a home until you’ve been approved as eligible.
Please note that the Help to Buy agent for Bedfordshire changed on the 2nd January 2020 which means that if you had registered before this date you will need to re-register with the new agent for the area – Help to Buy South. Unfortunately we will be unable to accept reference numbers that relate to the previous Help to Buy agent.
Applying with L&Q is the only way to confirm that you’re eligible to purchase one of our Shared Ownership homes. However this short list will give you an indication of the minimum eligibility requirements.
Our application form takes about 20 minutes to complete. It includes questions about your household income and savings, financial commitments, and your current living arrangements.
Once your eligibility has been confirmed you will be assigned an LQSO number, which you will need to book a viewing or reserve a property.
have a combined annual household income under £80,000, or £90,000 in London
not own a property, or part of a property, at the time of completing on your purchase
have a good credit history
have a minimum of £5,000 to cover the costs of buying a home
be over 18 years of age and be able to obtain a mortgage
apply with L&Q as well as your local Help to Buy agent if you are buying a home outside of London.