The Scottish Self Build Loan Fund has committed more than £6 million in loans to self-builders across Scotland to date.
The fund was established in 2018 by the Scottish Government to support self-builders who are unable to obtain mainstream self-build mortgage finance, for example people in rural areas, or older people looking to downsize.
The original £4 million Fund was given an additional boost of £2 million in March 2021, to help meet demand.
£6 million has now been committed to 40 families and individuals in 13 Local Authority areas, to provide homes which wouldn’t otherwise have been possible. The loans are repaid when the homes have been completed by acquiring a standard residential mortgage, or the sale of the existing home.
The 40th loan was offered to schoolteacher Kirsten Hay in Shetland, who had struggled to progress their self-build project for 20 years:
We originally had an old croft house on the site that we intended to renovate 20 years ago. My partner was going to do most of the work himself but unfortunately due to a car accident not long after, was left disabled and wheelchair bound.
The Loan Fund is administered on behalf of the Scottish Government by the Communities Housing Trust, an Inverness-based charity working closely with communities to provide affordable homes and much-needed amenities.
Loans which have already been repaid are being ‘recycled’ to finance additional builds, allowing even more people to build their own homes.
Homes are now complete or under construction in 13 Local Authority areas: Aberdeenshire, Argyll & Bute, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, Falkirk, Highland, South Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth & Kinross, Scottish Borders, Shetland, Stirling, and the Western Isles.
The Fund remains open to applications until 31 August 2022, with loans to be repaid by August 2023.
For more information about the Self Build Loan Fund, and to apply, please visit: https://www.chtrust.co.uk/scotland-self-build-loan-fund.
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