bpha’s contract as the Help to Buy agent for the East and South East of England has been extended, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has confirmed.

bpha has been the agent for the administration of the Help to Buy product in the region since 2014, and the extension of the contract means that will now continue until 31 March 2019.

Catherine Cannon, Head of Home Ownership at bpha, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the HCA have decided to extend our contract. We’ve worked extremely hard over the last three years to ensure the service we provide is professional and efficient and enables those who want to get onto the housing ladder to do so as quickly and affordably as possible. We look forward to working alongside the HCA for the next 19 months.”

As the Help to Buy agent, bpha is responsible for processing and administering all applications for Help to Buy products, including Equity Loan and applications for Shared Ownership, on behalf of the Government.

The geographical region that East and South East covers includes Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex and Kent.

Help to Buy is a UK Government scheme run jointly by HM Treasury and the Department for Communities and Local Government. The scheme is delivered in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency and UK Asset Resolution. The scheme’s products are available through appointed Help to Buy agents and mortgage lenders who have signed up to the scheme.

For more information visit the Help to Buy East and South East Website: www.helptobuyese.org.uk