Rent to buy is a government scheme designed to let working households rent at a subsidised amount, giving them the opportunity to save for a deposit to then go on and purchase their first home.

As one of the few housing providers in Birmingham to offer this scheme, Pioneer Places is excited to deliver this option to all those struggling to get on the property ladder.

How does Rent To Buy work?

With Rent to Buy, you can rent a newly built home at 20% below the market rate for up to five years. This is to allow you to save for a deposit with the intention of buying the home. After the first year, you can apply to buy a share in your home to convert it to a shared ownership property. We will discuss with you the minimum share purchase and under what circumstances we will convert it to shared ownership. This is to make sure we don’t make a loss if market conditions change.

When you get to the end of your five year period, you can either buy the property or leave it. In some cases, we might consider renting the property to you at full market rent.

Why choose Rent To Buy?

  • You get to live in a home that you can work towards purchasing
  • You will have five years to save towards a deposit
  • Shared ownership options may also be available to help you take the next step

Are you eligible for Rent To Buy?

To qualify you

– are expected to make a commitment to buy the property after 5 years of renting, having saved your deposit
– should be a first-time buyer, or looking to return to home ownership and not be able to afford to buy a home outright on the open market or with a mortgage
– will earn less than £80k per year (this is a combined household earnings figure)
– must pass the pre-tenancy credit checks
– must be working
– have a household size suitable for the home. We will not allow overcrowding
– fully understand that you may be asked to leave the property if, after 5 years of renting, you are unable to purchase it

Saving for a deposit is one of the most difficult aspects of buying your own home, but by taking advantage of this option, a household could have a sufficient deposit in just under two and a half years!* Rent to buy is a great opportunity to get access to properties that you otherwise may not be able to afford, and as Pioneer Places are part of The Pioneer Group (a social landlord), we understand the difficulties a person may be experiencing in the housing sector at the moment.

(*For a shared ownership tenure based on savings generated between average market rent and Rent to Buy)

To express an interest in Pioneer’s rent to buy homes, please check that you meet the qualifying criteria. If you aren’t sure, give us a call on 0121 748 8100. If you meet the criteria, please contact us by email at contactus@pioneergroup.org.uk to express an interest and we will contact you to discuss your application. Properties may become available at short notice if an existing customer leaves, so you should make sure you tell us about any changes to your contact details or other circumstances

Once your initial application has been registered we will also need to see the following from you to support your application:

  • Proof of your income by way of your payslips for the last three months or a P60, or if you are self-employed we will need to see three years audited accounts
  • Proof of your savings
  • Proof of identity such as a passport or driving licence
  • Proof of address such as a recent utility bill
  • A tenancy reference
    (If you are renting your current home)

We will then check the information on your application form to make sure that you are eligible by carrying out an affordability check to ensure that you can afford your home now, and in the long term.

Following the success of these processes, we will be ready to welcome you into your brand new home!

If Rent To Buy sounds like the right option for you, check out our properties or contact our team today!