Forces Help to Buy Scheme
The pilot scheme, which launched in April 2014 and has now been extended to 31 December 2019, aims to address the low rate of home ownership in the armed forces. During this time the Long Service Advance of Pay (LSAP) scheme will be frozen. Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply. We set out the basics here but for more detailed information see JSP 464.
You will be able to borrow up to 50% of your salary and any recruitment and retention pay (formerly Specialist Pay) up to a maximum of £25,000.
To be eligible personnel must fulfil the following criteria:
- Be in Regular service.
- Those serving in the Naval Service must have been accepted onto trained strength, ie in a complement billet.
- Army and RAF personnel must have completed two years’ service from the date of enlistment and be on the trained strength i.e. completed Phase 2 training.
- Have at least six months left to serve at the time of application
- In the last twelve months, not have owned a property within 50 miles of the proposed house purchase (although there may be some exceptions to this).
- To apply for FHTB you must complete the application form on Joint Personnel Administration (JPA)
- If accepted, you can be given a Personal Information Note by the MoD as evidence of your FHTB advance before seeking a mortgage offer.
- Payment of the FHTB amount is made by BACS direct to your legal representative, who must apply for the funds at least 10 working days before the property completion date.
If you buy a property using funds from the FHTB scheme and the property is within 50 miles of your current assignment location then you will not be eligible for either Service Family Accommodation (SFA) or Single Living Accommodation (SLA) during your current assignment. If you already know your next assignment (starting within 6 months) and you choose to buy a home within 50 miles of there, you will also not be eligible for either SFA or SLA there.
You may choose to buy a property more than 50 miles from your current assignment location (or next location, if you already know what it is and it starts within 6 months). In this case your family will have to live in that property in the first instance – you will be eligible to use SLA (or SSSA) but not SFA for that assignment.
After buying your property, if your next assignment is more than 50 miles from your purchased home, your entitlement to SLA and SFA is reinstated.
If any subsequent assignment takes you to within 50 miles of the location of your purchased property your entitlement to SLA and SFA will be relinquished and you will be required to live in your own property.
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