Further guidance

Other housing schemes

To explore national housing schemes visit the government’s Own Your Home website.

To explore all other low-cost home ownership options in Greater London please visit the Mayor’s Homes for Londoners website.

Get expert help and advice

Buying a new home can feel overwhelming, so it’s important to seek expert advice. While Homes England is your Help to Buy: Equity Loan provider, we do not offer financial or legal advice or builder mediation services. But we can point you in the right direction. There are organisations who provide free and impartial advice on:

Finance matters

The Money Advice Service is an independent organisation set up by the government. It has a range of free and unbiased tools and advice for first time buyers, including how much you can afford to borrow, taking out a mortgage, and a money timeline.

Buying a leasehold property

The Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) is funded by government to provide free advice on the law affecting residential leasehold property.

Tel: 020 7832 2500

Stamp duty

For information on stamp duty land tax and the latest rates look see Stamp Duty Land Taxes.

Arranging a survey

Visit the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) website. To find a surveyor in your area  or access its useful guides.

Legal matters

For your local Citizens Advice visit the Citizens Advice website.

For help in finding a solicitor contact The Law Society or call 020 7320 5650