Shared ownership is the most common form of subsidised access to home-ownership, and is commonly viewed as a ‘stepping stone’ to owning a home in full. But to what extent does this actually happen? How are shared owners able to ‘move on’ once their housing needs or aspirations change?

This summary report:

– looks at trends among shared owners and the properties they buy;
– examines the mobility of shared owners and the outcomes of their moves;
– considers the household, housing market and housing association factors that enable shared owners to move to full ownership; and
– provides policy and practice recommendations that can support shared owners wishing to move.

The full 208pp report on this research project is available at

Publisher: Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Published Date: 2008
Author: Alison Wallace
Length: 4pp