What is the Penrith building society Help to buy ISA?
The Penrith building society help to buy ISA is a Penrith building society savings product which is offered by Penrith building society as part of the government’s first-time buyer help to buy scheme. The terms of the Penrith building society help to buy ISA are dictated by the government and can change at any time.
You should check the help to buy ISA website for any recent changes.
The government will pay a bonus of 25% on your closing balance when you buy a home. The maximum bonus you can earn with the Penrith building society help to buy ISA is £3,000 as the government will only pay a bonus on a maximum savings of £12,000.
It is important to note that you cannot use your Penrith building society help to buy ISA towards your mortgage deposit as it is only paid after you have completed on a home purchase.
With the Penrith building society, help to buy ISA and inline with the Governments own Help to buy ISA rules you can only save a maximum of £1,200 in your first month and then a maximum of £200 per month going forward.
The interest paid on the Penrith building society help to buy ISA may be a variable rate and this means it could change at any time.
The interest paid is separate from the government bonus you are eligible for on your help to buy ISA
Help to buy ISAs will end in November 2019 and you must claim your bonus by December 2030.
What are the eligibility requirements of the Penrith building society help to buy ISA?
To be eligible for the Penrith building society help to buy ISA you will need to meet the following requirements:
* You must be over 16 years of age to be eligible for a Penrith building society help to buy ISA
* You have not and will not go over your tax year ISA allowance. It is £20k for the 2019/2020 tax year
* You cannot have another hep to buy ISA except you are closing your current help to buy ISA and transferring it to your Penrith building society help to buy ISA
* You must have a national insurance number
* You are a resident in the UK or can prove established residency via your tax obligations or through marriage or civil partnership with a UK resident
* You cannot have another cash ISA in the same tax year except it is held with Penrith building society . For tax purposes, the Penrith building society will present all your ISAs as one. This is known as a portfolio ISA.
* You don’t own any land or house anywhere in the world
* You have not already received a help to buy ISA bonus except you have and it has been paid back to the relevant body due to your home purchase falling through and not being completed.
* You cannot use the help to buy ISA if you intend to rent out the property
* The maximum property price you can use the help to buy ISA on is £450,000 within London and £250,000 outside London
* The Penrith building society help to buy account can only have one holder
What can you do with your Penrith building society Help to buy ISA?
Once your savings have reached the minimum amount of £1600 you can then withdraw your Penrith building society help to buy ISA savings.
The interest paid on your Penrith building society help to buy ISA counts towards your savings balance and you will be able to withdraw this too.
You may be able to make withdrawals from your Penrith building society help to buy ISA but you will only be able to pay back in your monthly maximum of £200.
You can use the Penrith building society help to buy ISA for shared ownership and joint ownership properties.
It will take over four and a half years to qualify for the maximum bonus of £3,000 if you save the maximum £12,000 to reach there
Can I transfer an existing ISA to a Penrith building society help to buy ISA?
Yes, you can transfer an existing help to buy ISA to a Penrith building society help to buy ISA but your previous ISA will have to be transferred in full and closed.
If you hold a cash ISA with Penrith building society you can only transfer up to your monthly allowance into your Penrith building society help to buy ISA.
If you have a cash ISA with another provider with a balance bigger than your monthly Penrith building society help to buy ISA allowance then you will only be allowed to transfer the maximum opening amount of £1,200 and then £200 per month.
You will need to close your current cash ISA and transfer it to a Penrith building society cash ISA if any balance still remains which is bigger than your monthly Penrith building society help to buy ISA contribution allowance.
You can transfer a cash ISA from a previous tax year into your help to buy ISA but the monthly maximum contributions still count and as this ISA is from a previous tax year it will not affect your personal allowance for the current tax year.
You will have to submit a help to buy transfer request form to your existing provider and Penrith building society
How to cancel your Penrith building society Help to buy ISA?
You have 14 days from when you opened (or received your contractual documents for) your Penrith building society help to buy ISA to close it.
This is known as the cooling off period. If you cancel your Penrith building society help to buy ISA within this period you will be repaid any deposit plus interest earned in full.
You must make your ISA cancellation request in writing to the specific branch you got your ISA in or via email.
If you don’t cancel your Penrith building society help to buy ISA within 14 days you will be bound by their terms and conditions.
If you have a complaint about the Penrith building society help to buy ISA, please find the appropriate complaints channel and make a complaint.
Remember the ISA is a savings product and is covered by the financial services compensation scheme.
How do you close your Penrith building society Help to buy ISA and claim your bonus?
Below are the steps you will need to take to close your Penrith building society help to buy ISA and claim your government bonus.
1. Once you are ready to buy your home, simply let Penrith building society know and they will close your Help to buy ISA account. Your Penrith building society help to buy ISA account must be closed before you make a claim for the government’s bonus.
2. Once you have closed your account Penrith building society will transfer your account to a none help to buy ISA account and then provide you with a closure document as well as a closure statement. Your conveyancer will need the closure document to claim your help to buy government bonus.
3. Your conveyancer will then submit documents to claim the bonus from the Government
4. Your help to buy ISA bonus will be paid on the last balance on your Penrith building society help to buy ISA account before it became a £0 balance account. You should avoid making any withdrawals prior to this point to avoid reducing the balance on which you are eligible for the government bonus.
5. The government bonus is paid towards your home purchase completion costs and not your mortgage deposit.
6. The closure process can take up to 2 weeks and you have 12 months from when you closed your Penrith building society help to buy ISA account to claim the government bonus.
Is a help to buy ISA the right answer for you? Will a lifetime ISA be of better value considering it offers a £1,000 government bonus per year if you save the maximum £4,000 per year? These are things you should consider.
Help to buy ISA calculator
You can use our help to buy ISA calculator to work out what your estimated earnings could look like based on your monthly contributions.
Penrith building society Help to buy ISA product features
Headline interest rate: 1.5% AER
Headline interest balance – £|
Minimum initial deposit -£1
Minimum withdrawal -£1
Notice and penalty charge -There is no notice required and there is no penalty or charge is made for withdrawals.
Free withdrawal conditions -There are no withdrawal conditions
Availability restrictions -This product is only available for first-time home buyers
Interest payment frequency – monthly
Minimum balance – £1
Maximum balance – unlimited
Statement frequency – annually
Standing order – Not available or allowed
Additional deposits – Not available or allowed
**Disclaimer: please check for up to date information as this data may now be out of date.**
Other government schemes you may be eligible for:
There are also other government schemes which you may be eligible for to help you get on the property ladder. Some of these schemes may be useful to increase your mortgage deposit whilst some others may simply reduce the cost of the property.
- Help to buy ISA– gives a maximum bonus us £3,000 if you save the maximum allowed of £12,000. Before you get either you should consider which is better. Lifetime ISA vs Help to buy ISA.
- Help to buy equity loan- gives you up to 40% as a 5-year interest-free equity loan. You begin to pay interest at 1.75 % after the fifth year and 1% plus RPI for every year thereafter.
- Shared ownership– You can buy between 25% to 75% of the property initially with a shared ownership mortgage and then buy more using a staircasing mortgage.
- Armed forces help to buy– similar to the help to buy equity loan but specific for the armed forces personnel giving them an increased chance of acceptance.
- Rent to buy– This is the right to buy scheme on which this guide is currently discussing. A different marketing name is just used. Watch out for this when shopping to avoid missing out on eligible properties due to confusion.
- Right to buy– allows you to buy your home at a discount price.
- Preserved right to buy- same as above.
- Right to acquire- same as above.
Depending on where you live, you may also be able to take advantage of home buying schemes provided by your local council. Example: In Norwich, the local councils provide the Norwich home options scheme.
You may also be able to use a host of mortgages with the help of your family.
They are a certain type of mortgage known as a family springboard mortgage, they include mortgages from lenders such as the Barclays family springboard mortgage, the lloyds lend a hand mortgage or the post office family link mortgage.
In this brief guide we discussed the penrith building society help to buy isa. If you have any questions or comments please let us know.
If you need financial advice and you live in the UK then you could contact the Money Advice service over the phone or via chat for impartial advice.
You can also contact the debt charity “Step Change” if you are in debt and need help.