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My partner already owned a house so am I eligible for the First Home Buyers Grant?

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 If two people are applying for a home loan together, and one partner already has a property, claiming the first home owner's grant may not be possible, even if your finances are kept separate. 

If one partner has had or presently has a property that they have lived in then that disqualifies you from eligibility for the grant irrespective of the structure of the loan or the nature of the tenancy of the intended property.
If your relationship has been for less than 2 years then there may be the ability to qualify for the grant as long as your partner is not a joint owner however that would need to be assessed by the State Revenue Office on a case by case basis.

For further confirmation, contact the State Revenue Office who administers the First Home Buyers Grant scheme.
The best advice I can give in this situation is always that if you really want to purchase a particular property because it is right for you and you are able to afford it then still consider purchasing the property. If you wouldn't consider buying the property other than just to take advantage of the First Home Owners Grant then that just doesn't make sense.


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