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.

For more information visit Scottish Government - Open Market Scheme.

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.

More information is available from the Scottish Government - New Supply Shared Equity

Shared Ownership

Shared ownership is a cross between renting and buying. There are housing associations in Fife that do offer this scheme.

This 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.

Some notes to take into account:
  • 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.

Service Update

November 2023 - Customer Survey

We want to hear from you! Fife Housing Register are running a customer survey from November 2023 to January 2024. We want to hear from applicants who have either completed their housing journey with us or are currently on our waiting list. Your answers could help us improve our service in the future. Please see the below link to the survey;


June 2023 - The Fife Housing Register Team have moved base from New City House, Dunfermline to Brunton House, Cowdenbeath. Any Post being sent to the FHR Team should be sent to the following;

Fife Housing Register Team, Cowdenbeath Customer Service Centre, Brunton House, High Street, Cowdenbeath, KY4 9QU.

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