Diane & Barry, Birmingham

Diane

For Diane and her husband Barry, the end of her school caretaking job meant they had to move from their house of 22 years, as it came with the job.

The council said they would only qualify for a flat, but looking into other options led the couple to our shared ownership scheme.

By buying a 30% share, and paying rent to us on the remaining part, they were able to buy a new two-bed house at Brandwood End in Kings Heath, Birmingham.

"We love the location", said Diane. "The garden overlooks the allotments, and we quickly felt very settled here. We would certainly recommend shared ownership to others.”