Forces Help to Buy
Regular armed forces personnel can benefit from a £200 million scheme to help them get on the property ladder. The Forces Help to Buy scheme enables servicemen and servicewomen to borrow up to 50% of their salary, interest free, to buy their first home or move to another property on assignment or as their families need change.
The pilot scheme, which will run for three years, aims to address the low rate of home ownership in the armed forces. However, this isn’t about forcing people out of service accommodation. That option will still be there for armed forces personnel who want to continue to use it.
Who can have use of the scheme?
All regular personnel who:
- have completed the pre-requisite length of service
- have more than 6 months left to serve at the time they apply
- meet the right medical categories.
However, it is recognised that there may be instances where exceptions to the standard rules may be justifiable, especially where there are extenuating medical and personal circumstances.
How much can be borrowed under the scheme?
This scheme allows service personnel to borrow up to 50% of their annual salary, to a maximum of £25,000. This can be used towards a deposit and other costs such as solicitor’s and estate agent’s fees.
How to get it?
Servicemen and servicewomen can apply for the loan online through the Joint Personnel Administration system and can seek advice on their application through their Chain of Command and personnel agency.
A Forces Help to Buy scheme which relates to those leaving the armed forces under the Tranche 4 redundancy programme will be launched in June 2014.