Help to Buy ISAs and the Lifetime ISA

What’s going to happen to the Help to Buy ISA?

You’ll be able to open a Help to Buy ISA until 30 November 2019. Beyond that date, if you have one, you can keep saving in it until 30 November 2029. You must claim your bonus by 1 December 2030.

Head-to-head: The Lifetime ISA vs the Help to Buy ISA

Lifetime ISA Help to Buy ISA

Age to open one



Annual contribution limit


£2,400 + an additional £1,000 in the first month

Contribution type

Any – lump sum or monthly

Monthly, up to £200

Government bonus

25% of contributions

25% of contributions

Maximum bonus

£1,000 per year until you're 49

£3,000 total

Bonus paid


When you buy your home

Earn interest/growth on bonus



Eligible ISA type

Cash or stocks and shares


Maximum property price


£450,000 in London, £250,000 everywhere else

Earliest withdrawal period to buy first home with bonus

It must be at least 12 months since the first contribution was made to your Lifetime ISA

Once you’ve saved £1,600

‘Ineligible’ access penalty

A 25% government penalty on the total value of the withdrawal

None, you just don’t get the bonus

Can I transfer my Help to Buy ISA to Nutmeg?

No, we won’t be providing this service. Read our Help to Buy transfers FAQ 

Can I have a Lifetime ISA and a Help to Buy ISA?

If you currently have a Help to Buy ISA you can continue to put money into it. You can transfer it to the Lifetime ISA (though not at Nutmeg), or you can choose to save into both — but you will only be able to use the bonus from one of them to buy your first property.

Can I transfer my Help to Buy ISA to a Lifetime ISA?

If you have a Help to Buy ISA, you can choose to transfer your savings into a Lifetime ISA. However, any funds transferred from a Help to Buy ISA to a Lifetime ISA will be treated as current year payments and count towards the annual Lifetime ISA limit.