FAMILY BOOST FIXED SAVINGS ACCOUNT.

This account lets you use your savings to help a family member who does not have a deposit to buy their first home. There is no access to your savings for three years.

Who this account is for

The benefits

  • Your family member will be able to buy their first home without a deposit. Instead, your savings will be held as security against the mortgage for three years.
  • Get paid interest at a fixed rate each year. You'll also get your savings back at the end of the three year term if all the mortgage repayments have been paid, if not see section 5 below.
  • You should take independent legal advice. To help you pay for this, we'll give you £300 cashback when the mortgage completes.

How it works

  • You'll deposit 10% of the agreed property purchase price into an Everyday Saver. This will change to a Family Boost Fixed Savings Account before the purchase completes.
  • We can take money from the savings to cover any missed mortgage repayments. So you may get back less than deposited.
  • After three years the account will change to an Instant Saver. See Instant Saver interest rates (PDF). You'll then able to access your savings as long as all the mortgage repayments have been paid, if not see section 5 below.

Summary box for the Family Boost Fixed Savings Account

1. What is the interest rate?

2.50% gross/AER for any balances over £1.

  • The interest rate is fixed, which means it won't change during the three year term.
  • Your interest is paid each year. This will be on the date the account changed from an Everyday Saver to a Family Boost Fixed Savings Account.
  • We’ll pay your interest into your account, or you can ask us to pay it to another account you hold.

2. Can Halifax change the interest rate?

No. This account has a fixed rate of interest so the rate won’t change during the three year term.


3. What might the future balance be?

For example, if you deposit £20,000 when you open the account, the balance after 36 months will be £21,537.81.

This assumes:

  • The Family Boost Mortgage has been kept up to date. We haven't needed to take out money to cover any missed payments.
  • Your interest is paid into this account.

4. How do I open and manage my account?

You can only apply over the phone.

You can apply for this account if:

  • It is being opened as part of the Family Boost Mortgage Scheme.
  • You agree the balance, excluding interest, can be held as security against the Family Boost Mortgage.
  • You accept you will not be able to access the savings until the charge is released.
  • You’re 18 or over, resident in England or Wales, and you aren’t a named applicant on the mortgage.
  • Either you or the mortgage applicant have a Reward or Ultimate Reward current account.

You should obtain independent legal advice before signing the legal charge over this savings account.

If you want to open it as a joint account, you both must live at the same address or have the same surname.

When you apply, we will open an Everyday Saver account for you first. You'll need to pay your deposit into this account. The deposit must be 10% of the agreed property purchase price and can't be more than £50,000. We need to receive this at least seven working days before the property purchase completes (not including Saturdays, Sundays or English bank holidays). Before the house purchase completes we’ll change your account to a Family Boost Fixed Savings Account. The three year term starts on the day the account is changed to a Family Boost Fixed Savings Account.

You can manage the account online.


5. Can I withdraw money?

No. You can’t take out any money during the term or close the account early.

The money is held as security against the Family Boost Mortgage. This means we can withdraw from the account to pay off arrears on the mortgage if the mortgage repayments have not been kept up to date. If we do this you may get back less than you deposited.

After three years the account will change to an Instant Saver. See Instant Saver interest rates (PDF). Before this happens, we'll contact you to explain your options and next steps. If the mortgage had been kept up to date then you will then be able to access your savings. However if the mortgage has not been kept up to date, the legal charge may continue after the three year term with the Instant Saver. You will be able to access your money when the mortgage repayments are kept up to date for six consecutive months.


6. Additional information

Gross rate means we won’t deduct tax from the interest we pay on money in your account. You will need to pay any tax you may owe to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

AER stands for Annual Equivalent Rate. Whenever you see an advert for a savings account which shows an interest rate, you will see the AER. This means you can use the AER to compare accounts. It shows what the interest rate would be if your interest was paid and compounded once each year.

For more definitions, view our savings glossary.


How to apply

You should read the summary box and the conditions (PDF) before you apply.

To apply, call us on 0345 122 1603.
Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 9am to 4pm. We’re closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.


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