Selling your Shared Ownership home
You’re able to sell your shared ownership home at any time as long as certain requirements are met. You should also check your Shared Ownership lease or ask for legal advice if you’ve any legal queries. Our step to step process is set to support you through the sale of your home.
Let us know that you’d like to sell.
Please let us know if you’d like to sell. We’ll ask you to complete a Shared Owner Intention to Sell Form. If we know of anyone who may be a suitable purchaser for your Shared Ownership home, we’ll let you know within five days after you inform us about your intention to sell.
Obtain a valuation.
You’ll need a valuation report from an independent Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors (RICS, FRICS or MRICS) qualified surveyor to determine the current market value of your home and your share. The valuation must be for the 100% value of your home and from that we’ll work out the value of your share. For instance if you own 50%, and the valuation of your home is £150,000 then the current value of your share will be £75,000.
We can provide a list of RICS qualified valuation surveyors if you don’t know who to use. What if I’ve improved my home? When the valuation is undertaken at your property for staircasing, any home improvements you have made will be included in their assessment. Examples of improvements that would be considered are conservatories, loft conversions and extensions, which may increase the value of your home.
Please be aware that they will be asked to consider the value the improvements have added to your home, which can be different to the cost of the works.
Unlike major improvements, home maintenance, redecoration of the property or repairs will generally not be considered as improvements. Once you’ve received your valuation, you’ll need to send us a copy. If there is a disagreement over the valuation, then your home can be revalued by another surveyor, but this will be an additional cost for you.
Market your home/ appoint an estate agent.
If we’ve not been able to put forward a suitable purchaser, you may wish to advertise the property through an estate agent. It will be down to you to select an estate agent and the arrangement, including fees payable, will be between you and them. You may need an Energy Performance Certificate, and this may be something your
estate agent will arrange. When we know who your estate agent is we will send them guidance about how shared ownership works. This is important so the agent can market your home accurately. If you send photos of the property to us, wecan also help by putting the property on to the Shared Ownership section of the One Vision Housing website and onto the Help to Buy North West website, which acts as a portal to Shared Ownership homes across the region.
Who can I sell my Shared Ownership home to?
Unless you’ve staircased and purchased 100% of your home, your shared ownership home will need to be sold to someone who is eligible for Shared Ownership. This could include a first time buyer, a former home owner following a relationship breakdown or someone aged over 55 who needs more suitable accommodation. We’ll need to approve the buyer, including their mortgage offer.
What if I struggle to sell?
If you’re struggling to sell then you may wish to review the asking price, review how your estate agent is performing and how the property is being marketed. Back to back staircasing If you’re struggling to sell your home as Shared Ownership, you can also consider back to back staircasing. This allows a purchaser to buy 100% by simultaneously staircasing to 100% (buying more shares) and immediately selling to the new owner. If your buyer is purchasing 100% then the normal shared ownership eligibility criteria for your buyer will not apply. If you’re selling via back to back staircasing, you will still need to sell at equal to or above the RICS valuation.
You’ll need to appoint your own solicitor to act on your behalf for the sale of your home. Your estate agent (or One Vision Housing, if we’ve found a buyer) will issue a memorandum of sale to solicitors, which will explain what the property is being sold for, the percentage share, rent etc. The memorandum of sale, should also give expectations around when the sale should occur by.
Your solicitor will keep you updated on the sale progress, the fees they require and agree the sale completion date. Prior to any move you’ll need to be up to date with rent and service charge payments.
Costs to consider
There are some fees you should be aware of if considering selling your shared ownership home.
We charge an administration fee of £150+VAT (£180) in respect of providing information to you, the buyer and respective solicitors in order to sell. Please also refer to our leaflet: ‘Administration Charges – Summary of Tenants’ Rights & Obligations’ for further guidance. Remember, you should always take your own independent advice if you have any queries regarding your rights and responsibilities.
Payment of any arrears
The sale will only be allowed to complete if Rent and Service Charges are paid up to date.
You will be required to pay for the property valuation as described above in Step 1.
You will be required to cover your solicitor’s fees relating to the sale of the property.
Estate Agent fees
You will be responsible for paying your estate agent or for any marketing you undertake.
You will need to pay your removal fees.
Independent advice can be obtained from LEASE, The Leasehold Advisory Service, which is a Public Body, funded by the Government to provide free legal advice to leaseholders, landlords, professional advisers, managers and others on the law affecting residential leaseholders. LEASE can provide advice by telephone, by letter or e-mail, or in person at the office.
They can be contacted as follows:
Lease Advisory Service,
2-6 Salisbury Square,
London EC4Y 8JX
Telephone: 02078 322 500