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We understand that getting on the property ladder in the current market is difficult - whether you're saving for a large deposit or struggling to get a mortgage application accepted. This is where an affordable house scheme such as shared ownership can help.

Shared ownership is a key part of the service we offer at Platform and we have a range of shared ownership properties available in desirable developments across the UK.

Below we answer the question 'what is shared ownership', tell you everything you need to know about how shared ownership works and how shared ownership staircasing fits into the process.

What is Shared Ownership?

Shared Ownership is a relatively simple concept. You buy a share of your home and pay rent on the remaining amount. You can typically buy between 25% and 75% of the property’s full market value.

This offers much more flexibility and accessibility for buyers in two different ways. Firstly, it lowers the amount you need for a deposit - most deposits on a shared ownership scheme are between 5% and 10% of your share, not the full amount.

Secondly, a Shared Ownership scheme means you also reduce your mortgage repayments, while paying below-market rent on the other amount.

If you decide you want to buy more shares at any point, you can. Through a process called ‘staircasing’, you buy more shares of your home and reduce how much rent you pay on the remaining amount.

This ensures that you’re always in control during the buying process and in most cases, directly leads to full home ownership. With Shared Ownership, you get the home that you want, with a repayment plan that’s realistic for you.

Often cheaper than renting

Often cheaper than renting

The option to buy more

The option to buy more

Sell your shares at any time

Sell your shares at any time

How does Shared Ownership work?

Shared ownership is an affordable house scheme available through housing associations, local councils and private developers. Shared ownership properties are leasehold properties and typically you can buy:

  • A new-build property
  • An existing property that is within the shared ownership resale scheme
  • A property that meets specific needs - such as a ground-floor property for a disabled user

So, how does shared ownership work? You can apply for a shared ownership mortgage to buy your share or pay using savings, it really depends on what works for you. If you need a deposit, you'll generally need between 5% and 10% of the share amount, not the full market value.

Based on a full property value of £250,000, this means a 5% deposit for a 25% share (£62,500) may be as little as £3,125. And a 5% deposit for a 10% share (£25,000), could be around £1,250. This makes shared ownership much more accessible compared with the costs you'd pay through traditional purchase methods.

You then pay mortgage payments based on your share and below-market value rent on the remainder. As you purchase larger shares of the property through staircasing, your rent goes down and your mortgage payments go up.

One benefit of shared property ownership is that you can usually defer any stamp duty until you own an 80% share of the property, which reduces your initial overall costs.

It’s important to remember that due to shared ownership properties being leasehold properties, you’ll likely have to pay ground rent and service charges, which go towards the maintenance of the property or communal areas.


A Complete Guide to Shared Ownership

Download the latest Shared Ownership Guide and discover everything you need to know about the fastest growing home ownership scheme in the UK, including how Shared Ownership works, the benefits and who is eligible for the scheme.

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Is Shared Ownership Worth It?

Buying Shared Ownership properties is ideal if you can’t afford to buy through traditional methods. The entire process is based on eligibility but if your application is successful, it offers several unique benefits:

  • You can buy a share of your home as small or as large as you feel comfortable with
  • Your deposit is based on the share you buy, not the full amount
  • You can defer on paying Stamp Duty Land Tax

The rent you pay on the remaining amount to the housing association or landlord is usually below market value, around 2.75% of the entire property value

Share to Buy offers much more flexibility and accessibility for buyers in several ways. Firstly, it reduces the amount you need for a deposit. Most shared ownership deposits are between 5% and 10% on the share, rather than the full market value. Secondly, you pay mortgage repayments based on your share and a below-market value rent, which is often cheaper than either private renting or buying outright.

Developers are also increasingly being encouraged to categorise a percentage of their development as Shared Ownership in return for planning permission. This is creating a larger amount of affordable housing in desirable areas and providing a broader range of choices for buyers.

It also provides a greater level of control over your repayments. If you find that you own a part-share of your home and you’re ready to take on more responsibility, the opportunity is there to increase the size of your share.

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Who is eligible for Shared Ownership?

The Shared Ownership scheme is available if both of the following apply to you:

  • Your household income is below £80,000 a year. The threshold increases to £90,000 if you’re buying in London.
  • You cannot afford the deposit and mortgage payments for your property of choice.

One of the following statements must also be true:

  • You’re a first-time buyer
  • You used to own a home but can’t afford to buy now
  • You’re forming a new household - typically after a relationship breakdown
  • You’re already part of the Shared Ownership scheme but want to move
  • You own a home and want to move but can’t afford the new home that meets your needs

If you meet all of these requirements, Shared Ownership may be the ideal route for you to start your home ownership journey.