Ground rent is usually payable on any leasehold property to the freeholder or ‘superior leaseholder’ for the length of the lease. However, ground rent isn’t usually payable on Shared Ownership homes until you own 100%.
What are the downsides to shared ownership? Hopefully the monthly mortgage repayments, plus rent will still make shared ownership far cheaper than buying a property outright. … Be aware that even though you own a share of the property, say 30%, you are responsible for paying the full maintenance and repair costs.
For all shared ownership homes, the net rent increases each year by the Retail Price Index inflation rate plus an uplift of typically between 0.5% and 2%. This rent increase is explained in your lease.
The lease makes the shared owner the homeowner and they are responsible for all the repairs and maintenance in their home, including major structural works and major repairs. This is the case with all leasehold properties, where the sharing of cost is stipulated in the lease.
However, the experts have stated that shared ownership is still a good decision in 2021. Ms Mitchell added: “Shared ownership is a great way for first time buyers to get onto the property ladder and a way of taking the steps to own your first home without the need for a hefty deposit upfront.
And according to Ms Nettleton, selling a shared ownership property isn’t as hard as people have been led to believe. … “Normally, there is a nomination period where the home is offered to other shared ownership buyers first, but, if one can’t be found it can then be sold on the open market.”
How can I buy 100% of Shared Ownership property? You can gain full ownership of your Shared Ownership property through a process called ‘staircasing‘. Once you’ve bought your initial stake in your home you can staircase to 100% Ownership in batches of 10% or larger.
LTF has always deemed shared ownership to be a con – an ‘affordable’ tenure that is affordable only to a better off minority. London Living Rent is little better. Ambitious targets for new social rented housing are what is needed under the draft new London Plan, and are sadly lacking.
Shared ownership is only available to first-time buyers, those who’ve previously owned a home but can’t afford to buy one now, and existing shared ownership homeowners who want to move house. Your household income must be less than £80,000 if you live outside London or £90,000 if you’re living in London.
Shared Ownership makes mortgages more accessible, even if you’re on a lower wage. Your monthly repayments can often work out cheaper than if you had an outright mortgage. The monthly payments are also generally lower than if you were to rent privately. … Unlike private renting, you have security of tenure.