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Shared Ownership Solicitors Stevenage

12/05/2016
Low Cost Conveyancing
Competitive Conveyancing Fees
The shared ownership conveyancing process differs to a standard sale or purchase and you'll want to make sure that the costs don't go up. We only give Fixed Conveyancing Quotes which include all the work in just one low price.

No Sale No FeeNo Sale, No Fee Conveyancing
Our quotes include as standard our No Sale No Fee cover which means if for any reason your transaction should fall through, you won't incur the costs of the legal work to date. Read our No Sale No Fee Policy by clicking here.




Local ExpertiseHertfordshire Professionals
Our solicitors use their local knowledge of Stevenage to ensure your home move completes as smoothly as possible. We have worked with most of the leading local estate agents and have direct connections with Stevenage Borough Council.


Conveyancing Quality Scheme CQSConveyancing Quality Scheme & On All Mortgage Lender Panels
The Law Society has awarded our solicitors the CQS badge of excellence which means we are able to deliver conveyancing services in Stevenage to the high standards expected; which are regulated annually. We are also able to work with any mortgage lender in England & Wales including Metro Bank, HSBC, Santander & Halifax Plc.

Call 0333 344 3234 to get your quote (Local rate call charge) 

Who is eligible to buy shared ownership properties?

Criteria for eligibility for shared ownership do vary and this is also the case for shared ownership properties in and around Stevenage. Normally, you can purchase a property via shared ownership if:


BulletYour household earns £80,000 a year or less (for London this becomes £90,000).


BulletYou are a first time buyer or you used to own a home but cannot afford one now or you are an existing property owner and wish to upsize to a larger property, for example to meet the needs of a growing family.

BulletYou rent a housing association or council property.

NB Shared ownership eligibility criteria changes from time to time; to ensure that you are currently eligible please check the Government's latest published information about Buying through Shared Ownership


Shared Ownership Example

If you were to buy a 25% initial share of a £200,000 property in Stevenage, it means your share would be worth £50,000.

For this, if you had to save a 10% deposit, this would mean you having to save £5,000. You would have to get a shared ownership mortgage for the rest of the share, i.e. you would have to borrow £45,000 from a lender.

You could choose to pay stamp duty on the whole £200,000 value of the property but you would not need to, because your £50,000 share is less than the £125,000 threshold, above which you have to pay the tax.

You would have to pay £20 to the Land Registry for registration fees, because the value of your portion of the property is between £0 and £80,000, but if the property is a new build and is being registered for the first time, you would have to pay £40.
What is Shared Ownership?
Under shared ownership, you buy a share of a property from a housing association, this is normally 25% minimum, and you pay rent to the housing association on the remaining share.

You have to meet eligibility criteria to be a shared owner - this is discussed below. If you do qualify and want to buy a shared ownership home in Stevenage, Knebworth, St Pauls Walden or anywhere in Hertfordshire, you must do 2 things:

1. Save sufficient funds for a deposit on the percentage share you want to buy (normally 10% of value of share).
2. Secure a shared ownership mortgage from a mortgage lender to cover the remaining sum you will need.

Shared ownership schemes give access to the property market to those who don't have enough money to buy a home on the open market. 

Normally after a year of living in your property, you can buy an increasing percentage of it, with a commensurate reduction in rent. This is called staircasing - to find out more, read Staircasing Shared Ownership.

Shared ownership contracts can be quite complicated and the conveyancing includes dealing with managing agents and a housing association - this is examined here. The importance of instruciting an experienced conveyancing solicitor cannot be understated because the process involves meeting strict deadlines and following set procedures. Getting it wrong can mean you paying a bill far larger than you thought. 

You can find out about shared ownership in Stevenage by contacting Stevenage Borough Council by letter to Daneshill house, Danestrete, Stevenage SG1 1HN or by phoning 01438 242 242.

Question-Mark.pngHow do you Apply for Shared Ownership in Stevenage?
We work with all the Housing Associations throughout Hertfordshire including L&Q, Family & Mosaic, East Thames Homes and  A2 Dominion. You can see the details for all housing associations in London here - List of Housing Associations for Shared Ownership in and around London

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Our Conveyancing Solicitors are experts on Shared Ownership in Stevenage.

We create conveyancing quotes bespoke to your particular transaction and they include all the work needed to finish your shared ownership conveyancing within our fixed fee. Our experienced conveyancing solicitors are there to assist people moving home all over Stevenage and its locale and ensure that we always give fixed and competitive quotes.  

To get a fixed fee quote tailored to your individual property, call 0333 344 3234.

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