Buying more shares in your home

If you already own part of your home through a shared ownership scheme and want to increase your share, then this is possible through a process called 'staircasing'.

Please note:
The introduction of the temporary stamp duty holiday has seen a significant increase in sales enquiries. Our team are working through all sales enquiries as quickly as possible, however due to this increased demand it is taking slightly longer than normal to process new staircasing requests. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. For anything urgent please call us.

Checking the value of your home

There are a few things to consider before you buy more shares. Firstly you'll need to check the approximate value of your home. You can do this by:

Once you have an idea of the value of your property, you can calculate how much extra shares might cost. For example: If the property value is £200,000 the cost to purchase a further 50% share is £100,000 and a further 25% share would cost £50,000.

Think about how your monthly payments will change?

  • If you staircase up to 100% you'll no longer pay rent. If you staircase to less than 100%, there'll still be rent to pay but it'll be reduced depending on the percentage of the property you own.
  • If you pay a service charge it will remain the same 
  • If you extend your mortgage to buy more shares, your monthly payments will increase.

To see what your new mortgage could be you can use an online mortgage calculator or talk to an Independent Financial Advisor.

Ready to go ahead?

If you have decided that you want to buy more shares in your home, then you need to do the following:

  1. You’ll need to complete your application via our online service MyAccount. If you haven’t already done so you can sign up here

    Click on the ‘Apply for it tab’ tab and then click ‘Buy more shares in my home’ where you’ll find our form.

    If you’re unable to use MyAccount we would still be able to process your application. You’ll need to get in touch with us and ask to speak to our Home Ownership team.

  2. Your home is valued
    Once we've received your form we'll contact a surveyor (RICS qualified) and ask them to contact you to arrange a convenient time to value your home. You will be responsible for paying the valuers fees (the valuer will provide you with the cost details).

  3. Review your valuation report
    A copy of the final valuation report will be sent to you to be reviewed. This will also make it clear the price of the shares you wish to buy and confirm what your new monthly rent and service charge payments will be once you have been through the Staircasing process.

  4. Confirm you wish to proceed
    We will ask you to confirm you wish to proceed with the Staircasing process by completing and returning a SC6 acceptance form.

    You can scan this in and email it to us at or send in the post with a cover letter to:

    Optivo – Staircasing & Resales team
    Grosvenor House (first floor)
    125 High Street
    CR0 9XP

  5. Final steps
    Once we've received your SC6 form and have given our approval to proceed, it's then a matter of finalising your mortgage offer with your lender. Our Legal Team will then work with your solicitor to complete the process.


Homeowner living in an apartment block?

If you’re planning to change your mortgage, are thinking of selling, or want to buy more shares in your home, you need to consider that many lenders have now made changes to their conditions.

What happens when it comes to selling my home?

The process for selling your property is nice and straighforward - find out more about selling your home.

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