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How we work?
By making an enquiry we will contact you to discuss your needs and outline if we can be of assistance. We will then request a copy of your credit file for a qualified adviser to review. After a full review of your credit profile the adviser will discuss this with you, provide advice and discuss possible quotations.

If you wish us to proceed and get a ‘Decision in Principle’ we can do so. Once we have a decision from the lender we will discuss and email you a formal quotation and outline our process going forward.
What sort of bad credit do you accept?
We have lenders that will accept clients who have had County Court Judgements (CCJ’s), Defaults, Missed payments, Debt Management Plans (DMP), Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVA) and discharged bankruptcy. The general rule is that any bad credit needs to be registered over a year ago.
Do I need a deposit / equity?
Yes. You will need a minimum of a 10% deposit however, this is does depend on the level of bad credit that you have, so for example, if you have had CCJ’s/mortgage arrears in the last 2 years you may need to have 15%+ deposit. If you are buying a property through a shared ownership scheme we have lenders that do not require you to have a deposit. If you are buying a property through the Help to Buy scheme we have lenders that can help you providing you have a 5% deposit to put down.
How long does a bad credit mortgage take to arrange?
Once a Decision in Principle (DIP) has been done the typical arrangement times from mortgage application to offer is 1 month. Specialist bad credit mortgages do take more time when compared to standard high street mortgages, due to the extra due diligence that is required on these cases.
I have a low credit score – does that matter?
No. We have lenders some of whom are high street Building Societies that will lend to you if you simply have a low credit score, due to not being on the voters roll or not having much active credit. If you have a low credit score as a result of bad credit (CCJ’s/defaults/missed payments etc) we certainly have specialist lenders that can help.
I have been declined by other brokers – can you help?
The key to this question is why you were declined. We provide an advised service, so if we cannot help you now, we will explain why and provide advice as to what you need to do to be able to get a mortgage in the future.
Which banks do shared ownership mortgages?
Many high street banks and building societies offer shared ownership mortgages. Most of these lenders require you to put a deposit down of at least 5% of the share you are buying. There are some lenders who do not require you to put a deposit down and these lenders are mostly available through specialist mortgage brokers. In some cases the shared ownership company will insist that the clients put a minimum deposit down and they may have restrictions on the mortgage interest rate that is being charged, so best to get this confirmed first of all.
How do you qualify for shared ownership?
You are best to speak to a qualified mortgage broker for advice in this area. The broker will carry out a detailed fact find to ensure you qualify for the mortgage and pass the affordability assessments. Additionally the shared ownership company may have a criteria that you have to pass to be considered suitable to purchase the property.
Do I need a good credit for shared ownership?
A good credit profile would help as you can then access the cheaper rates in the market with the high street banks, however many clients do not have a good credit profile or pass the credit score, so there are specialist shared ownership mortgage lenders who are available through mortgage brokers that can provide mortgages to these clients.

Shared Ownership Mortgage With Bad Credit

What is a shared ownership mortgage?

A shared ownership mortgage is a Government scheme that helps first time buyers or previous home owners who are unable to buy currently. Shared ownership mortgages work by buying a portion of the property and paying a rent on the rest of the property. A buyer, for example, may initially opt to purchase 25% of the property with the remaining 75% is owned by the housing association or council.

To qualify for the shared ownership mortgage scheme your joint family income will need to be under £60,000 p/a and you will need to be either a first time buyer or in a position where you are unable to purchase a new home outright.

There exists a process called stair-casing that allows the purchase of further shares of your house until such stage as you have purchased the entire property. The agreed sale price is via the housing association and will be dependent upon market conditions. That is, if your property has increased in value since your initial ownership then you will need to pay more, and if the property has devalued then you will pay proportionally less for your increased percentage of the property.


  • Manage to get on the property ladder.

  • It may be cheaper buying part of the property and paying rent on the remainder when compared to renting privately.

  • You can staircase and purchase more of the property share over time.

  • More security knowing that a landlord will not ask you to leave.


  • If you wish to make significant changes to the property such as new kitchens or extensions you will need to get permission.

  • If you was to sell the property you will have to seek advice from the housing association before putting it on the open market.

  • If you want to staircase and purchase more of the property, the property will need to be revalued and the cost of the share may have increased.

Many of the high street lenders offer shared ownership mortgages and if you are declined by the high street lenders due to low credit score or bad credit we have lenders that can still help you purchase your property.

Your property ownership options

When you buy a property with other people, you need to choose how it is going to be owned – this is usually as joint tenants or as tenants in common. You can also enter into a joint mortgage with your parents where they act as guarantor.

Joint tenants

This option might be suitable if you are married or in a long-term relationship with the person you’re buying with. It means you each:

  • Have equal rights to the property.

  • Can claim an equal share in any profit made if the home is sold.

  • Will automatically inherit the property if the other person dies.

Tenants in common

This option might be suitable if you are teaming up with friends or family members to buy a home. It means you:

  • Can each own a different share of the property.

  • Will not automatically inherit the property if the other tenants die.

  • Can choose who to leave your share to in your will.

If you choose to be tenants in common, you should consider asking your solicitor to set up a deed of trust.

Buying with your family as guarantor

You can apply for a joint mortgage with members of your family through our Family Affordability Plan. This option could enable you to afford a larger mortgage and access a wider range of mortgage deals. You will have full ownership of the property, and your family members will not be liable for Stamp Duty.

Both you and your family will be responsible for all mortgage repayments and charges, so you will all need to demonstrate that you can afford the repayments. Your parents will also need to show us that they’ve taken independent legal and tax advice, so they understand the risks involved.

If your circumstances change and you can afford the repayments on your own, you can remortgage and release your parents from the joint mortgage.

How much deposit do you need for a shared ownership mortgage?

You will need a mortgage to help buy the share of the property but much like the Governments Help to Buy scheme, you can get one with a smaller than average deposit. Instead of forking out a 10-20% deposit, shared ownership mortgages will usually only require 5% of the property value.

Is shared ownership better than renting?

Shared Ownership makes mortgages more accessible, even if you are on a lower wage. Your monthly repayments can often work out cheaper than if you had an outright mortgage. The monthly payments are also generally lower than if you were to rent privately and, unlike private renting, you have security on tenure.

Is there a minimum income for shared ownership?

There is no set minimum income allowance for Shared Ownership. If you have a large amount of cash to put down on a property this may make the minimum income more affordable.

How can bad credit shared ownership mortgages help?

If you have had bad credit registered in the past such as missed payments, defaults or County Court Judgements (CCJ’s) we have lenders that would still consider providing you with a mortgage. Typically this ‘bad credit’ will need to have been registered more than 12 months ago. For more information about shared ownership mortgages please complete the above form and an adviser will give you a call.

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