Eligibility and local connection

To be eligible to apply for shared ownership you must:

  • be aged over 18
  • be unable to afford to buy a suitable home on the open market
  • have a household income of less than £80,000
  • not already own a property, if you do own a property you must be in the process of selling 
  • be able to raise a deposit and afford on going housing costs
  • not be in rent or mortgage arrears

You will also need to be registered with Help to Buy.

Priority for New Forest District Council shared ownership homes is given to applicants with a local connection.

In addition to the eligibility criteria above you must be able to demonstrate the following connections to the area.

District connection 

You will:

  • be a resident of, or employed in the district for the last 2 years, or
  • have been a resident of the district for 10 years or more in the past. 

Rural connection 

For some shared ownership homes in rural parishes you will need to have a connection to that parish.

As a minimum you will:

  • be a resident of, or employed in the parish for a minimum of the last 2 years, or;
  • have lived in the parish for more than 2 years in the last 15 years, or;
  • have parents, siblings or adult children living in the parish for the last 5 years or more. 

Priority for shared ownership homes in rural areas will be given to the applicant with the strongest local connection.

Rural exception sites

Some shared ownership homes in rural areas may have additional requirements set out in the development's legal planning agreement. 

Please refer to the property sales brochure of the home you are interested in purchasing for the local connection you need. 

For further details on local connection requirements see our Icon for pdf Local connection guide [1.1MB].


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