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Publication - Guidance

New Supply Shared Equity (NSSE) Administrative Procedures

Published: 18 Jul 2014
Part of:
Housing
ISBN:
9781784126469

Guidance for registered social landlords and grant providers on New Supply Shared Equity (NSSE) administrative procedures.

172 page PDF

1.3MB

172 page PDF

1.3MB

Contents
New Supply Shared Equity (NSSE) Administrative Procedures
Annexe B

172 page PDF

1.3MB

Annexe B

Application form

Please read the guidance notes for applicants before completing the application form.

Part one - About the application

Part two - Enclosures

Part three - About you
Part three - About you
Part three - About you
Part three - About you

Part Four - Details of those who will be living with you

Part Five - Current accommodation
Part Five - Current accommodation
Part Five - Current accommodation
Part Five - Current accommodation

Part Six - People with particular housing needs

Part Seven - Income assessment
Part Seven - Income assessment
Part Seven - Income assessment

Part Eight - Solicitors who will be acting for you

Part nine - Use of information

The Scottish Government and the Registered Social Landlord will use the information you provide on this application form (including Sensitive Personal Data as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998) for the purposes of, or in connection with, the processing of your application for the New Supply Shared Equity scheme and/ or the operation of the New Supply Shared Equity scheme; any transfer of the Scottish Government's interest in it; and enabling the Scottish Government and its agents, including the registered social landlord and anyone acting on its behalf, to monitor and/ otherwise evaluate the scheme.

This may include making checks with credit rating agencies to authenticate and verify your identity and credit status; taking up references and sharing this information with other organisations that handle public funds; and passing information to other partner housing providers (registered social landlords and private developers) and to your own legal advisers. If any of the information changes, you must inform the Scottish Government and the registered social landlord immediately.

The information may also be used for statistical surveys and the Scottish Government and/ or their representatives, including the registered social landlord, may contact you in the future to seek your views on the scheme.

The Scottish Government must protect public funds and so may use the information you have provided on this form to prevent and detect fraud. Under section 29(3) of the Data Protection Act 1998, the information may be disclosed for the purposes of crime prevention and detection. Sensitive Personal Data is required under the Equal Opportunities Monitoring statute.

You may request a copy of the information we hold about you. We may charge an administrative charge for each request. You also have the right to request correction of any incorrect information.

Note: 'Sensitive Personal Data' is defined in the Data Protection Act 1998 as being information concerning your racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious, philosophical or similar beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health, sexual life, commission of criminal offences and/ or involvement in criminal proceedings.

Part ten - Signing the application form

For joint applications both signatures are required.

I/ We confirm that I/ we would like to be considered for the New Supply Shared Equity scheme and that I/ we have fully considered the requirements of the scheme.

I/ We acknowledge and explicitly give my/ our consent to the Scottish Government and the registered social landlord processing my/ our personal data, including any Sensitive Personal Data as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998 in accordance with Part nine.

I/ We confirm that the information provided in this application form is to the best of my/ our knowledge and belief correct and accurate in all respects.

I/ We understand that the registered social landlord and the Scottish Government reserve the right to withdraw from any agreement with me/ us in the event that the information provided proves to have been false or misleading and that it is a criminal offence to knowingly or recklessly make a false declaration or withhold information reasonably required in connection with the application.

Signatory 1: Print name (including Mr/Mrs/Ms/Miss):
Signature 1:
Date:
Signatory 2: Print name (including Mr/Mrs/Ms/Miss):
Signature 2:
Date:

All applicants must sign this form twice - once here and once in the next section. The signature in the next section allows us to request information from the lender that has offered you a mortgage.

We may contact you after we have received the application form to ask you to sign letters giving us permission to contact other organisations mentioned in this form.

Part Eleven - Allowing us to request and share information

Equal opportunities monitoring

Our equal opportunities policy aims to ensure that everyone who applies to us, whatever their race, colour or ethnic origin, will receive equal treatment.

To ensure our policy is working, we would be grateful if you would choose ONE section, then tick one box within that section to indicate your cultural background.

First applicant

(Registered social landlord to insert sections)

Second applicant

(Registered social landlord to insert sections)

Additional space for extra information

Application form for the New Supply Shared Equity scheme

Notes for applicants

Please complete the application form using BLOCK CAPITALS.

Part one - About the application

Please tell us about the property you would like to buy.

Please also complete all your personal details and include a telephone number which would be useful if we need to clarify any details.

Part two - Enclosures

These are additional documents which must be provided where necessary in order to consider your application.

Enclosure one - Evidence of your accommodation status is required. For example, if you are a tenant, a copy of your tenancy agreement should be provided. You must provide written evidence of the accommodation status of all applicants regardless of whether they currently live in the same accommodation or live separately.

Enclosure two - If you currently own your home but need to move, you must provide evidence of why this is the case. For example, if you have particular housing needs arising from an impairment or disability and need to move you must provide written evidence from a professional (such as a doctor or occupational therapist) stating why your current home is unsuitable.

Enclosure three - You are normally required to provide quotes from three different lenders. Where this is not possible, there should be clear justification of the reasons. The quotes must be from a qualifying lender such as a bank, building society or insurance company. Other lenders may be acceptable but you will need to check first with us whether the lender can provide a mortgage for the New Supply Shared Equity scheme.

You should be able to obtain quotes that do not involve a credit search. Searches can leave 'footprints' on your credit history which may affect your ability to obtain credit. You should therefore confirm with the lender whether a quote will include any form of credit search. If a quote does require a credit search the lender should explain to you any potential consequences. The lender should also obtain your consent before carrying out the search. Part three - About you

This part tells us whether you are a first-time buyer and gives us information about your current employment status.

You should provide details if you have any local connections in the area and, if you already live in the area, please say how long you have lived there. If you have not lived in the area before, you should tell us why you wish to move there.

This part of the form also asks you to confirm whether your application is in respect of your primary and only residence. It also asks you to confirm whether you have left the Armed Forces in the last two years, and whether you are a United Kingdom national. You should also let us know whether you are in receipt of any other grant payments.

This section should be completed for all applicants.

Part four - Details of those who will be living with you

This is to help us assess your house size requirements. Please give details of all those who will be living with you.

Part five - Current accommodation

Please give us details of your current accommodation. If all applicants currently live in the same accommodation you only need to complete Questions 1 to 7 in this section. If the applicants currently live in separate accommodation you must tell us about the living arrangements for each person.

Please note that you must provide written evidence of the accommodation status of all applicants regardless of whether they currently live in the same accommodation or live separately.

Please give us the details of your landlord, if applicable, and any housing waiting lists that you are currently on.

Please tell us about the type of accommodation that you currently live in. House/ apartment size should be based on the number of rooms in your accommodation excluding the kitchen, bathroom and any hall areas.

Please explain why you want to move from your current accommodation into a New Supply Shared Equity property.

Please provide Enclosure one - Evidence of accommodation status.

If applicable, please also provide Enclosure two - Evidence of why you have to move from the house that you own.

Part six - People with particular housing needs

We use the term 'people with particular housing needs' to describe people who have a need for a more expensive, larger or more specialised house. This need could arise as a result of a member of the household having a disability or impairment.

This section relates to information about any particular housing need that you or a member of your household has. Please give as much detail as possible about any special housing requirements that you have in relation to house type, size, design and location.

If you currently own your home but require a property which is more expensive as a result of your particular housing needs we will need to know the specific reasons for this. We need written support from a professional (such as a doctor or occupational therapist) stating why your current house is no longer suitable for your needs ( Enclosure two).

Part seven - Income assessment

We need as much information as possible relating to your financial situation. We cannot assess your application unless you fully complete this section.

You will have to state all sources of finance. Your funds will be considered to be the total of:

  • gross earnings, per single person or couple, as appropriate;
  • any other income, comprising sickness benefit, unemployment benefit, bank interest, superannuation or pension from previous employment, working families tax credit, widow's pension and shareholder's profits; and
  • personal contributions.

Personal contributions may comprise savings, gifts or any other financial contributions you can make. The definition of personal savings that we use includes: cash; Premium Bonds; stocks and shares; unit trusts; bank or building society accounts and fixed-term investments; the surrender value of any endowment policies; property; redundancy payments; and pension lump sum payments.

We will include personal contributions held by all prospective applicants.

You may retain £5,000 of any personal contributions held. Above this amount, 90 per cent of the balance will be treated as a contribution towards the purchase of a property.

If you already own a home you may still apply. However, any capital gain on your last owned property will be included as a personal contribution. You must tell us about the profit, or anticipated profit, from the sale of the property. The information must be validated by a solicitor if the application proceeds to the next stage.

You must purchase the maximum level of equity you can afford, taking into account other financial commitments and the associated costs of home ownership.

Please include Enclosure Three - Evidence of the maximum mortgage that you are able to raise.

Part eight - Appointing a solicitor

You should appoint a solicitor to act on your behalf to complete the work involved in buying a home as soon as possible if you have not already done so. You should ask them to notify us directly so that we can put them in contact with our own solicitors who will, if your application is successful, forward a formal offer to them as your agents.

Your mortgage provider or independent financial advisor may be able to recommend certain legal firms having regard to matters such as cost, experience and quality of service.

YOU SHOULD ALSO ENSURE THAT YOUR SOLICITOR ADVISES YOU ON THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE SCHEME AND THE TERMS OF ALL DOCUMENTATION AND THAT YOU ARE SATISFIED WITH THE SAME BEFORE AGREEING TO ENTER INTO ANY LEGAL COMMITMENTS.

The shared equity arrangements will include the granting of a mortgage (or 'standard security' as it is known in Scotland) to secure the rights of the Scottish Government. YOU SHOULD CHECK THAT THIS MORTGAGE WILL MEET YOUR NEEDS IF YOU WANT TO MOVE OR SELL YOUR HOME, OR IF YOU WANT YOUR FAMILY TO INHERIT IT.

Part nine - Use of information

This part sets out how information provided by you may be used and shared with others and advises you of your rights to obtain a copy of the information held and to request correction.

Part ten - Signing the application form

Please ensure that all applicants sign the application form. Each applicant must sign the form twice - here and in the next section.

Part eleven - Allowing us to request and share information

The signatures in this section allow us to request information from the lenders that have given you mortgage quotes.


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