Buying, selling, owning a home

This section provides the policy background, guidance and analysis and evaluation for:

  • Home Information Packs,
  • home ownership schemes (including HomeBuy and the Right to Buy),
  • residential leasehold and
  • the park homes sector.

It also includes information about policy measures announced by the Government to support homeowners facing financial difficulties and protect against repossessions.

If you are a homeowner and are worried about repossession or keeping up with your mortgage repayments you should first read the help and advice available from the DirectGov - keeping your home  (external link) website.

Latest news and releases

On 2 September 2008, a major cross–government package of new measures to meet current challenges in the housing market was announced by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears.

The £1 billion housing package will help first time buyers struggling to get onto the housing ladder, support vulnerable homeowners at risk of repossession, and support the house-building industry.

See News Release: Ensuring a fair housing market for all - 2 September 2008 for more information.

On 3 December 2008, the Prime Minister announced additional support for struggling homeowners through a Homeowners Mortgage Support Scheme.

See News Release: New scheme to help people at risk of repossession - 3 December 2008 for more information. 

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