How a ‘rent to buy’ scheme is making home ownership a reality

With the gap between wages and house prices sparking a huge fall in ownership in the UK, we look at schemes such as Rentplus that are helping those priced out

They were the words that father-of-two Adam Stephens had waited so long to hear: “This is your house and it’s going to be your home for the next 10 years. After that, you may decide you never want to leave. It’s up to you.”

On hearing that from his new landlord, Stephens felt a “massive, massive sense of relief”. He says he didn’t know whether to jump up for joy or sit down and cry. “She gave us the keys and told us to settle in and enjoy our new house. And from that point on, it’s never felt like we’re renting. It feels like this is our home.”

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