Help to Buy houses ‘extinct’ in a quarter of London boroughs

Scheme is only available on new build houses up to £600,000 but research reveals none are available to families in eight of London’s 32 boroughs.

For Sale and To Rent Signs estate agent boards

Families are being priced out of the government’s Help To Buy scheme as eligible houses have become ‘extinct’ in a quarter of the capital.

A report from independent estate agents James Pendleton shows not a single house below the £600,000 Help to Buy London threshold was found for sale in Camden, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets and Westminster.

Instead, the report finds, buyers are forced to either limit their property search to flats or look further afield.

In Barking, Lewisham and Southwark there are just three houses for sale in each borough below the threshold, while there are four each in Greenwich and Wandsworth.

The report shows there are just 603 for sale London-wide, with Croydon boasting the most (59) followed closely by Richmond upon Thames (57).

Across the entire capital, there are 13,156 new build houses for sale above the £600,000 threshold, highlighting the severe shortage of appropriate properties being built for families in London.

In fact, houses make up just 2.7% of London’s new build property stock below £600,000, with one and two-bed flats accounting for the majority of the market.

The Help to Buy London scheme is an equity loan provided by the government covering up to 40% of the cost of a new build home worth a maximum of £600,000.

Borough No. of Houses for Sale under £600k Borough No. of Houses for Sale under £600k
Camden 0 Harrow 15
Hackney 0 Hillingdon 21
Hammersmith 0 Redbridge 25
Islington 0 Brent 26
Kensington and Chelsea 0 Enfield 30
Lambeth 0 Bromley 32
Tower Hamlets 0 Haringey 32
Westminster 0 Hounslow 32
Barking 3 Newham 33
Lewisham 3 Ealing 34
Southwark 3 Kingston upon Thames 35
Greenwich 4 Havering 39
Wandsworth 4 Merton 40
Waltham Forest 8 Sutton 46
Barnet 9 Richmond upon Thames 57
Bexley 13 Croydon 59


Lucy Pendleton, founder director of James Pendleton said: “We know that house prices are overinflated in parts of the capital, but this research really highlights the scale of London’s property crisis for families.

“This research shows that, for those among them who need a leg up, a quarter of the capital is off limits.

“With houses making up such a small proportion of London’s new build property stock below the Help to Buy threshold, the reality is that families will be forced to stay in cramped and uncomfortable accommodation.

“This is a hammer blow for a key demographic who desperately need the room and outside space a house can provide but have to fight tooth a nail to secure a property in the right area, if any are available at all.

“Mass extinction of Help To Buy houses has begun, exacerbated by the upper threshold which hasn’t moved in four years, and contagion across the rest of London is inevitable.”

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