Help to Buy ISA in London explained (with a map)
*UPDATE August 2020*
As of 30 November 2019, you can no longer apply for a Help to Buy ISA. If you opened a Help to Buy ISA before this, you can keep saving and receiving the Government’s ISA bonus until 30 November 2029. We have a range of alternative schemes to help you get moving, from Help to Buy to Part Exchange.
Buying a house is an exciting step and there are a range of Government-backed financial schemes to help you get there:
- Help to Buy Shared Ownership
- Help to Buy Equity Loan
- Help to Buy ISA
Some schemes are specifically tailored towards buying a new build home, with different allowances when you buy in London. If you’ve already opened a London Help to Buy ISA, here you’ll find more information on what counts as London and how your ISA works.
We can put you in touch with our sales advisers and independent mortgage advisers to talk through your options and other available schemes to help you make the move.
What is the Government Help to Buy ISA?
The Government Help to Buy ISA a financial product designed to help you save a sizeable deposit to use towards the purchase of a home. Much like other ISAs, you won’t be taxed on any savings.
With a London Help to Buy ISA, the Government will pay out a £50 bonus for every £200 you save at the point of purchase, so long as:
- The savings are used towards a mortgage deposit
- You are a first-time buyer
- It is the only home you own
- You intend to live in the home yourself (not use it as second home or rent it out)
- The property has a purchase price of up to £450,000
Help to buy London
What’s different in London?
To reflect the difference in London house prices compared with the rest of UK, the various Government Help to Buy schemes have different values.
With the Help to Buy: Equity Loan, the Government will lend you a percentage of your property’s purchase price.
|Equity Loan % of property price||Maximum property price|
|Rest of UK||20%||£600,000|
With the Help to Buy ISA, the Government will pay out a bonus based on your savings at the point of purchase.
|ISA bonus||Maximum property price|
|London||£50 for every £200 saved||£450,000|
|Rest of UK||£50 for every £200 saved||£250,000|
What are the London Help to Buy areas?
Payments and contributions
How much will the Government contribute towards my Help to Buy ISA?
- The Government pay a £50 bonus for every £200 saved (equivalent to 25% of your savings)
- The maximum bonus amount is currently capped at £3,000 tax-free
- This means by saving £12,000, you’ll gain the maximum entitlement of £15,000
- You can save beyond £12,000, but the Government will not pay out a bonus on any additional savings
- The Government will stop contributing towards existing ISAs on 30 November 2029
How often can I pay into my Help to Buy ISA savings fund?
You can pay £200 each calendar month (up until 30 November 2029). In the first month, you can kick-start your savings by paying in an additional contribution of £1,000. If you were to withdraw money in the month, you are unable to replace it to top up your fund until the next calendar month.
What happens if I miss a Help to Buy ISA payment?
It’s OK to miss a contribution one month. You won’t be penalised, but you won’t benefit from the Government bonus contribution that month. You also won’t be able to double your payment to make it up the following month.
Which Barratt London properties are eligible for my London Help to Buy ISA?
Explore the full range of Barratt London developments below, and use our Help to Buy calculator to see your financial options. We can also put you in touch with an independent mortgage adviser.
This guide to London Help to Buy ISAs was produced in collaboration with L&C Mortgages, the UK’s largest fee-free mortgage broker adviser.