How to Apply for Rent to Buy

Steps to renting through the Rent to Buy scheme

Rent to Buy is a great way of aspiring homeowners to save towards a mortgage while being able to settle in a new build home.

1. Register with Help to Buy

If you're ready to take the next steps towards renting a new build home, register with your help to buy agent to get started

If you are based in the North of England, please contact:

Help to Buy Agent 1 North

Covering Merseyside, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cumbria, Cheshire, Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire.

Contact Agent

If you are based in the Midlands or London, please contact:

Help to Buy Agent 2

Covering Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Rutland, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, West Midlands & Greater London.

Contact Agent

If you are based in the South of England, please contact:

Help to Buy Agent 3

Covering Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Bristol, Bath, Somerset & Mendip, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cornwall (including the Isles of Scilly), Devon, Dorset, East Sussex, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire & Isle of Wight, Hertfordshire, Kent, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, West Sussex, Wiltshire.

Contact Agent

Step 2. Contact Us

Once you've found your ideal home, complete the 'Ask for Details' enquiry form on the property listing and send your Help to Buy reference, application form, ID, 3 months bank statement and payslips to

Step 3.  Credit reference checks

We will get in touch with you to ask your consent to pass your details on to a third party letting agent to carry out credit reference checks

Once these checks have been passed we will send you an offer letter for your chosen plot.

4. Getting ready to move in

The next steps will include signing the Options Agreement, arranging a viewing at your property and completing tenancy sign up paperwork.

5. Pay your deposit

You will be required to pay a deposit equivalent to 5 weeks rent, which will be protected within the DPS scheme.

6. Paying your rent

You'll start paying your rent from the date agreed on your tenancy, if you sign your tenancy mid-way through the month, you will only be required to pay the amount for the remainder of that month, and then full monthly payment will begin the following month

6. Move in day!

You'll get the keys to your new home and you will be able to start saving towards eventually purchasing it.