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Welcome to Harrow’s Low Cost Home Ownership Register.

Need help to buy a home in Harrow?

If you cannot afford to buy a home outright on the open market, you may be eligible to purchase a home by means of one of the low cost home ownership products currently on offer. The Council helps promote a number of low cost home ownership products to enable people to get their first step on the housing ladder.

Low Cost Home Ownership housing is typically provided in partnership with Housing Associations working in the borough and not directly by the Council. Within Harrow, the most frequently available option offered as part of this scheme is Shared Ownership (part buy/part rent).

STEP ONE – REGISTER YOUR DETAILS

If you wish to find out more about any of the low cost home ownership products as well as properties which are currently available in the Harrow area, you should visit one or both of the following websites:

FIRST STEPS is the official intermediate housing programme from the Mayor of London helping low and modest income Londoners to buy or rent at a price they can afford. FIRST STEPS properties are advertised in partnership with affordable homes property portalwww.sharetobuy.com/london

In the first instance you simply need to check if you are eligible then register your details and property preferences by creating a customer user account.

Homematch is a free to use service from Metropolitan Housing’s home ownership team provided to help priced-out Londoners find out about and apply for low cost home ownership and less than market rent homes. Homematch work with a range of partner housing providers including Housing Associations, Local Authorities and private developers so that home buyers and renters only have to complete one application form to be able to access hundreds of homes.

Visit Homematch at www.homematch.org.uk, email homematchinfo@metropolitan.org.uk or call the Homematch enquiries team on 0845 230 8099

You should also register with Harrow Council, here on this website. To register with Harrow, click on the ‘New Application’ link above and fill in the online registration form. Please note that the Harrow system will not generate a confirmation email to verify your registration. Harrow will use the detail provided in order to prioritise applicants in line with the priority groups identified below when an application to purchase a property is subsequently made.

If you need a printed registration form, please contact the Harrow Housing Enabling Team.

Email: lowcost.ownership@harrow.gov.uk or

Telephone: 020 8424 1703

STEP TWO – FIND A PROPERTY

To view a list of low cost home ownership properties that are available now, click on the ‘Available Schemes’ link above or for a wider range of available properties across London visit the www.sharetobuy.com/london or www.homematch.org.uk webpage

STEP THREE – MAKE YOUR APPLICATION

If you are interested in any particular property that you see on this website, or on the www.sharetobuy.com/london website, please contact the housing association that is offering the property, and whose details are listed with the property information. The housing association will answer any questions you may have and, if you are eligible, they will take you through the application process, including viewing the property. The Housing Association will offer you an independent financial assessment which will ensure that you can afford to purchase a share in the property you are interested in.

Please note that there may be more than one applicant per property. In this event, the housing association will offer the property to the applicant with the highest priority. In Harrow, the following priority applies:

          Priority 1 – Public Sector Tenants
          Priority 2 – Active MOD Staff
          Priority 3 – Those with a high priority on the Harrow housing waiting list
          Priority 4 – Key Workers
          Priority 5 – Those living or working in Harrow
          Priority 6 – All others

If you have any questions about low cost home ownership, please contact the Council’s Housing Enabling Team

Email: lowcost.ownership@harrow.gov.uk or

Telephone: 020 8424 1703

 

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