Congratulations! It’s been five years since you embarked on the journey of homeownership through the Help to Buy scheme. This milestone marks half a decade in your home and the end of the interest-free period on your Help to Buy Loan. As you approach this pivotal moment, it’s crucial to understand the options ahead of you.

Understanding the Change

Firstly, let’s address the significant shift that happens after five years. Until now, the equity loan part of your Help to Buy agreement has been interest-free. Starting from year six, interest is charged on the Loan, which marks a good time to evaluate your financial strategy in the future.

Your Choices After the 5-Year Mark

  1. Begin Paying Interest on the Loan

You must start paying interest on your equity loan from the start of the sixth year. This interest payment is in addition to your mortgage repayments and any other home-related expenses you have. It’s essential to budget for this new expense.

  1. Repay the Equity Loan

You have several options for repaying your equity loan:

  • Full Repayment: If you’re financially able, you can repay the entire Loan. This option frees you from the additional interest payments and any future increases in the loan amount due to rising property values.
  • Partial Repayment: Help to Buy allows for “staircasing”, where you can repay the Loan in chunks, reducing your interest payments and increasing your equity in the property.
  1. Remortgage Your Home

Remortgaging can allow you to repay the equity loan, potentially at a better interest rate. Some choose this path to consolidate their loans, simplifying their finances by having only one payment to manage.

  1. Sell Your Property

If you decide to move, selling your property is an option. The sale proceeds can be used to repay the equity loan. Remember, the amount you owe will be a percentage of the current market value of your home, not the amount you initially borrowed.

Planning Your Next Steps

Each option has its considerations, and what works for one homeowner may not suit another. Here are a few tips to help you plan your next steps:

  • Review Your Finances: Assess your current financial situation and future goals. This review will help you decide which option is best for you.
  • Seek Advice: Financial decisions like these benefit from professional advice. A financial advisor can offer insights tailored to your circumstances.
  • Consider the Future: The housing market, interest rates, and personal situation can change. Think about how these changes might affect your decision.


Reaching the five-year milestone in your Help to Buy home is worth celebrating. It also marks a critical time to make informed decisions about your future. By understanding your options and planning carefully, you can continue to build on the foundation of homeownership you’ve established over the past five years.

The information contained within was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change.