Jo has been working in Twickenham and renting in the borough for the past 10 years. Thanks to Shared Ownership she now lives in her own flat in Hampton Wick. Here’s her story in her own words:
“I had been living in London since 2007 and was growing tired of being at the mercy of landlords and never feeling settled.
I had considered Shared Ownership quite a few times and realised this was probably my only option to get on the housing ladder on my own. I was also keen to stay locally, as I work as a PA at Twickenham Stadium and didn’t want to leave my friends and family in the area.
The whole process was really quick. I viewed the apartment and really liked it because of the high standard of finish, the location and the fact that it was brand new. It has fantastic transport links and Bushy Park is also close by, which is ideal as I love to run. I put my offer in and it was accepted in April and I moved in mid-September.
I know a few people who have purchased through Shared Ownership, and now, having done it myself, I would highly recommend it. It feels very secure because you have the government’s backing and it allows you to buy in a postcode that you couldn’t normally afford. I am delighted with my apartment.”