Shared Equity and Shared Ownership
Open Market Shared Equity
- This scheme is currently open to help all first time buyers, on low to moderate incomes. It helps people buy homes that are for sale on the open market if it falls within a specific price range.
- If your application to the scheme is approved, you will find your own property to buy on the open market.
- It's based on the amount of the mortgage that you may be able to raise, compared with the value of the property that is suitable for your needs.
- You’ll need to raise at least 60% with the most being 90%.
- Registered Social Landlords administer the scheme on behalf of the Scottish Government.
The New Supply Shared Equity Scheme
- This scheme can help you buy a new home that has been developed or purchased for shared equity sale.
- You pay for a majority stake (between 60% to 80%) and the Housing Association receive a grant from the Scottish Government to pay for the rest.
- To find out if there are any properties available near you, you'll need to get in touch with the Housing Association direct.
- Properties may also be advertised online and in the local press.
Shared ownership is a cross between renting and buying. There are housing associations in Fife that do offer this scheme.
scheme aims to help people on low to moderate incomes to buy a property,
where it is affordable. Through the scheme, you can buy a 25%, 50% or 75%
share and pay an occupancy charge on the rest.
The housing association still owns a share of the property.
- They would allow you to pay a charge to occupy the property.
- This charge does not include a cost for repairs to your property.
- You will be responsible for repairs and ongoing maintenance costs to the property.
Priority is given to:
- First time buyers with limited housing alternatives.
- Members of the armed forces and veterans who have left within the past two years.
- A widow, widower or partner of service personnel. If their partner has been killed whilst serving with the armed forces.
- Shared Ownership is different from Shared Equity.
- The decision to apply for either one will depend on your circumstances and preferences.
- Before making a decision it's recommended that you consider both options and consult a Financial Advisor.
Please visit the Scottish Government Website for more information about the different schemes that are currently available for potential new homeowners.
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The Fife Housing Register team are still assessing applications, but we may not be able to meet our normal timescales. Please continue to submit new housing applications and updates to existing applications and we will respond as soon as we can.
If you are homeless, or need somewhere to stay urgently, please call 0800 028 6231 so we can discuss your housing options.
To complete an online housing application you will need to register for a secure account on Fife.gov.uk. If you already have an account, login in using your existing details.
SERVICE UPDATE SPRING 2021 – Do you want to update your current application for housing? We are currently working on a new UPDATE FORM and we hope to have this ready for you soon. However, if you want to update or withdraw your application for housing you can:
- Call 03451 55 00 33 and give details of the update
- Or email FHR.Team@Fife.gov.uk
Depending on what the update is, we may have to contact you for further information to enable the update to be completed.
If you have moved address please complete a new application form.Apply for a home now