How can I help my child buy a home?
- A financial gift
- A loan
- Putting your savings in a linked account
- Acting as a guarantor on a mortgage
- Getting a joint mortgage
The solicitor working on the property purchase can draw up a declaration of trust. This states who the money was gifted to - so you can specify you gave it to your child and not to them and their partner. If the couple breaks up, this document will ensure your child retains ownership of your financial gift. It can also clarify if the money is a gift or a loan and if the latter, when it needs to be paid back.
The people buying the property can also use a deed of trust to lay out responsibilities for outgoings and what happens to the property if their relationship breaks down.
Bear in mind, though, that if your child goes on to marry the person they bought the property with, this could affect the deed of trust.
While discussing the legal side of gifting money you should also consider updating your will to reflect the gift that has been made. Children may also want to write a will to ensure the gifted money goes back to their parents if they die.
The process of buying a house for your child
1. Tell people. When you appoint a solicitor, make sure they know that some or all of your deposit is coming from your parents. Also, let your mortgage broker know, as it can affect mortgage offers.
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