Help to Buy

From 1 April 2021, Help to Buy (HTB) in England and London is changing. The current scheme offers home movers and first-time buyers the chance to purchase a property up to £600k with a 5% deposit, and an additional Government-backed loan of up to 20%, interest free for five years. 

The new scheme is open to first time buyers only and there’ll be regional house purchase price caps. This means the Help to Buy loan amount a customer can borrow will depend on the area they live in. Joint applications for the scheme must both be first time buyers. This will impact all HTB mortgages completing from 1 April 2021. 

We will start to take applications for the new HTB scheme from 16 December, which is when the new eligibility rules are introduced. 

How does it work?

Help to Buy: Equity Loan (2021-2023)

If you’re a first-time buyer in England, you can apply for a Help to Buy: Equity Loan.

This is a loan from the government that you put towards the cost of buying a newly built home.

You can borrow a minimum of 5% and up to a maximum of 20% (40% in London) of the full purchase price of a new-build home.

You must buy your home from a homebuilder registered for Help to Buy: Equity Loan.

The amount you pay for a home depends on where in England you buy it.

Help to Buy: Equity Loan price caps – April 2021 to March 2023

Region Maximum property
North East £186,100
North West £224,400
Yorkshire and
the Humber
East Midlands £261,900
West Midlands £255,600
East of England £407,400
London £600,000
South East £437,600
South West £349,000


The equity loan, the deposit you have saved, and your repayment mortgage cover the total cost of buying your newly built home.

The percentage you borrow is based on the market value of your home when you buy it.

You do not pay interest on the equity loan for the first 5 years. You start to pay interest in year 6, on the equity loan amount you borrowed.

The equity loan payments are interest only, so you do not reduce the amount you owe.

You can repay all or part of your equity loan at any time. A part payment must be at least 10% of what your home is worth at the time of repayment.