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London Help to Buy 2021 - 2023

Help to Buy is available subject to eligibility, terms and conditions.

Terms and Conditions

Who is eligible?

1.1 This offer is only available to eligible first time purchasers (“you/purchasers”) on selected new build plots and developments in the 32 London Boroughs and the City of London only. This new scheme operates from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2023. The maximum property value for London Help to Buy is £600,000.

1.2 London Help to Buy is only available on repayment loans and on properties which are occupied by the individual or individuals taking out the mortgage.

1.3 To access the equity loan, all purchasers must satisfy the “Eligible Purchaser” criteria set out by Homes England and you must be approved by the Help to Buy Agent. Further information on the “Eligible Purchaser” criteria is available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/help-to-buy-equity-loan-buyers-guide.

How does it work?

1.4 Purchasers will be required to raise funding (which includes a mortgage and a deposit) of not less than 60% (excluding any mortgage fees). The property will be subject to a first charge in favour of the mortgage company. Your deposit must be a minimum of 5% of the full property purchase price. The mortgage lender's criteria may affect any deposit percentage and whether it applies before or after the equity loan is deducted from the purchase price.

1.5 Homes England will provide an equity loan to eligible first time purchasers of not more than 40% of the full purchase price subject to the terms of the equity loan agreement. Based on the maximum purchase price of £600,000, Homes England will therefore provide an equity loan of up to £240,000.

1.6 The equity loan provided by Homes England will be secured by way of a second charge on the property behind the first charge referred to in paragraph 1.4.

Paying back the equity loan

1.7 Purchasers must agree to repay the loan in full, plus any interest accrued and management fees.

1.8 The equity loan provided by Homes England will be interest free for the first 5 years. There is a payment of a £1 monthly management fee to pay by Direct Debit.

1.9 From year 6, interest will be payable by you at an annual gross rate of 1.75% of the amount you borrowed. The figure will rise each year in April by the Consumer Price Index plus 2%. You will also continue to pay the monthly management fee of £1 for the life of the loan. The above fees do not count towards paying back the equity loan.

1.10 You must repay the equity loan to Homes England when you: (i) sell the property; or (ii) pay off the repayment mortgage on the property; or (iii) reach the end of the equity loan term which is 25 years from legal completion of the property.

1.11 You may repay the equity loan to Homes England at any time following legal completion. Repayment whether in full or in part will be based on the market value of the property at the time of the repayment(s) and you will have to arrange and pay for the valuation of the property at that time. At any time, you can make part repayments of at least 10% of what your home is worth, to reduce how much you owe. For example, you could repay 10% if you took out a 20% loan. Or repay 10%, 20% or 30% at a time if you took out a 40% loan. To work out how much you pay back we need to know the current market value of your home.

1.12 If you are selling your property, the equity loan will be repayable on either (i) the market value of your property; or (ii) the price your property sells for, whichever is the highest. This means that if the property increases, so does the amount you repay on your equity loan. If the value of your property decreases in value the amount you own on your equity loan will also decrease. This may result in Homes England being paid more or less than the original loan value.

1.13 If, on the sale of the property, the price of the property has fallen and there is insufficient money from the sale to repay the equity loan after the mortgage has been paid you will lose any deposit paid towards your property. Homes England will not however seek to recover the balance of their equity loan from you.

1.14 Detailed terms and conditions apply to the equity loan which will be made available to the purchaser via their legal advisors as part of the conveyancing process.

An example of how London Help to Buy works is as follows:

Mortgage

£330,000

(55%)

Deposit

£30,000

(5% of full purchase price)

Equity loan

£240,000

(40% provided by Homes England)

Purchase price

£600,000

(Based on maximum London region price cap)

The equity loan provided by Homes England will not incur any loan fees for the first 5 years. From year 6, interest will be payable by the purchaser at an annual gross rate of 1.75% of the amount you borrowed. The figure will rise each year in April by the Consumer Prices Index plus 2%.

 

Open market value

£720,000

(a 20% uplift invalue)

Mortgage repayment

£330,000

(assuming norepayment ofcapital)

Equity loan

£288,000

(40% of the openmarket value)

Remainder available to purchaser

£102,000

Barratt London General Terms and Conditions

Any promoted Barratt London offer is subject to contract and status. Offers are on selected plots only and are subject to availability. The offers advertised cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer on the same plot unless expressly stated otherwise. Prices and details are correct at time of going to press. All images are typical of Barratt London homes and are for illustrative purposes only. Please contact the development in which you are interested for further details.

Barratt London reserve the right to withdraw or alter any of these offers at any time prior to the payment of a reservation fee. Contracts must be exchanged within 28 days of reservation of your property. Failure to do so may result in the loss of all or part of your reservation fee and/or we may revoke any offer to sell the property to you at a discounted price.

The current specific offers being advertised in relation to selected Barratt London developments are also subject to the specific terms and conditions set out below (N.B. these offers may vary from time to time and you should refer to the development in which you are interested to discover which offers are available on specific plots and developments).

Barratt London will not be liable for the refusal of a mortgage based on the borrower’s individual circumstances which leads to the loss of any reservation fee. Barratt London will not be responsible for the failure of any deal due to any defects in your existing property which arise as a result of an inspection or survey, whether a part exchange deal has been agreed or not. These terms and conditions do not affect your statutory rights.

Barratt London is a brand name of BDW Trading Limited (Registered Number 03018173) which is a subsidiary of Barratt London Developments PLC (Registered Number 00604574) both with registered offices at Barratt London House, Cartwright Way, Forest Business Park, Bardon Hill, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 1UF.

You are strongly advised to obtain financial advice from a New Build Mortgage Advisor in respect of any mortgage product required. Barratt London maintain a list of New Build Mortgage Advisors who we recommend as having extensive knowledge of our offers and products and the associated mortgage requirements, though you may seek such advice from your own New Build Mortgage Advisor if preferred.

YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE.