Help to Buy ISA, do I need to keep paying in?

I've been paying £200 a month into a Help to Buy ISA for enough years that I've reached the maximum 25% £3000 government contribution.
WIth the current interest rate of 0.05% since April 2021 I've not seen any point of continuing to save into this account. Is this a mistake? I'm not closing the account but I'm not paying into it either. Do I need to keep paying into this Help to Buy ISA until the day I buy a home?
I'd like to open a new normal cash ISA this year at a different bank but I'm worried if I'm at risk of losing the Help to Buy ISA benefit between now and November 2030 (cut off date for Help to buy claims).


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  • eskbankereskbanker Forumite
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    There's certainly no obligation to fund these accounts on an ongoing basis as far as the scheme rules are concerned - individual providers then set their own Ts & Cs over and above these but I've never heard of any such requirement being specified....

    If you're unlikely to be buying for quite a while (as implied by your apparent concern about the end date), have you considered using a Lifetime ISA instead?  It would take a couple of years (three tax years) to shift your HTB money into one but thereafter you could continue to earn 25% government bonus on larger amounts.
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    eskbanker said:
    There's certainly no obligation to fund these accounts on an ongoing basis as far as the scheme rules are concerned - individual providers then set their own Ts & Cs over and above these but I've never heard of any such requirement being specified....

    If you're unlikely to be buying for quite a while (as implied by your apparent concern about the end date), have you considered using a Lifetime ISA instead?  It would take a couple of years (three tax years) to shift your HTB money into one but thereafter you could continue to earn 25% government bonus on larger amounts.

    Thanks for replying. I hadn't considered a transfer to a Lifetime ISA but I do intend to buy within the next 3 years all being well. 
  • masonicmasonic Forumite
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    Makes sense to stop paying into your HTB ISA, but will you get sufficient benefit from a normal cash ISA to favour it over a standard savings account? If there would be no tax to pay on the interest anyway, you may find you can get a better rate in a non-ISA account.
  • kuratowskikuratowski Forumite
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    If you are outside London, then a Lifetime ISA has a higher property price limit than HTB ISA, something which is also worth considering.
    https://blog.moneysavingexpert.com/2021/03/martin-lewis--should-i-move-my-help-to-buy-isa-into-a-lifetime-i
  • toolazytotoolazyto Forumite
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    masonic said:
    Makes sense to stop paying into your HTB ISA, but will you get sufficient benefit from a normal cash ISA to favour it over a standard savings account? If there would be no tax to pay on the interest anyway, you may find you can get a better rate in a non-ISA account.

    Good point rates are poor at the moment.

    If you are outside London, then a Lifetime ISA has a higher property price limit than HTB ISA, something which is also worth considering. 
    Thanks I'll look into it.

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