The Government has created the Help to Buy London scheme to help home buyers purchase their own new build home in the capital.
Who is Eligible?
Help to Buy London equity loans are available only to first time buyers. The home you want to buy must be newly built or a qualifying conversion with a price of up to £600,000.
- Minimum deposit of 5% of the full purchase price
- The maximum income multiple for a Help to Buy purchase is 4.5x your household joint or single income. The mortgage taken must be on a repayment basis and cannot be interest-free
- Help to Buy London will carry out a sustainability check when you send your application through using the calculator provided by the Homes and Communities Agency
- You will not be able to sublet a home purchased under Help to Buy
- The home you want to buy must be a new build or qualifying conversion, advertised as Help to Buy by a Help to Buy registered developer, with a maximum price of £600,000. Help to Buy assistance is not available for new builds that are not Help to Buy registered
View a selection of available developments here
How does it work?
With a Help to Buy London equity loan the Government lends you up to 40% of the cost of your newly built home, so you’ll only need a 5% cash deposit and a 55% mortgage to make up the rest. You won’t be charged loan fees on the 40% loan for the first five years of owning your home.
After this time interest is charged at 1.75% per annum, increasing each year by the Retail Price Index (if any) plus 1%. The equity loan must be repaid after 25 years, or whenever you sell your home. You can pay the loan back over time in different quantities or all at once, and the amount that you reimburse will depend on the value of your home.
Help to Buy is available in England from house builders registered to offer the scheme and has been available since 2013. The Government have announced a number of extensions to Help to Buy and the current scheme, that was renewed in 2021, will run until March 2023.
For full information see this Help to Buy Buyer’s Guide
Your home is at risk if you do not keep up repayments on a mortgage or other loans secured on it.