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Homeowner Payment

The Homeowner Payment scheme is for owner-occupiers of rural properties near the line of route.

IMPORTANT: The HOP payment amounts are increasing to reflect inflation. The increased values below will come into effect following Phase 2a of the railway being granted Royal Assent. (We expect these changes to take effect by the end of the year, subject to Parliamentary approval).

The HOP payment amounts are increasing to reflect inflation. The increased values below will come into effect following Phase 2a of the railway being granted Royal Assent (We expect these changes to take effect by the end of the year, subject to Parliamentary approval).

HOP band (distance from the railway) Current payment amountsPayment amounts after Royal Assent 
HOP band 1 (120m to 180m)£22,500£24,000
HOP band 2 (180m to 240m)£15,000£16,000
HOP band 3 (240m to 300m)£7,500£8,000

The aim of the scheme is to make sure that people who live near the line of route receive an early share in the benefits of HS2.

One-time cash payments are made to owner-occupiers, whose property is typically between 120 to 300 metres from the line.

At present, this scheme is only open for applications for property near Phase One of HS2. The schemes for Phase 2a and Phase 2b will launch when the route in these areas receive Royal Assent. If you are not sure which part of the route you live by, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk to find out.

Homeowner Payment (HOP) scheme uplift – Frequently asked questions

The HOP payment amounts are increasing to reflect inflation. The increased values below will come into effect following Phase 2a of the railway being granted Royal Assent (We expect these changes to take effect by the end of the year, subject to Parliamentary approval).

I applied to the HOP scheme before the increased payment amounts were announced.  Can I still claim the increased amount?

Yes, we can place your application on hold temporarily until after Royal Assent is granted for Phase 2a.  This is when the increased payment amounts will come into effect.  You must confirm to your Case Officer at DLA Piper that you wish to place your application on hold until the increased payment amount is available to you.  Once this happens, we will contact you to explain that we will progress your application.

My application to the HOP scheme was accepted prior to the increased amounts being announced, but I have not yet received my payment. What amount will I receive?

Although your application has already progressed beyond the first stages of the process, we can still place your application on hold temporarily until after Royal Assent is granted for Phase 2a of the highspeed railway.  This is when the increased payment amounts will come into effect.  You must confirm to your Case Officer at DLA Piper that you wish to place your application on hold until the increased payment amount is available to you.  Furthermore, it is important that you instruct your solicitor not to complete any of the work required in order to prepare the Contract of Receipt at this time. Once the increased payments come into effect, we will contact you to explain that we will progress your application and provide you with a set of revised instructions to pass onto your solicitor, including a revised Contract of Receipt

I have already signed the Contract of Receipt with my solicitor for the current HOP value for my Band.  Will I be able to claim the increased amount?

Yes.  Depending on how quickly your solicitor has acted, it may be that they have already completed the necessary checks and prepared all the required documents to send back to DLA Piper to complete your claim.  We are still able to place your application on hold until the increased payment amounts come into effect.

Once the increased payments come into effect, we will contact you to explain that we will once again continue to progress your application and provide you with a set of revised instructions to pass onto your solicitor.  Whilst not all of the checks will need to be revisited, you will need to sign a revised Contract of Receipt in the presence of your solicitor.  We appreciate that there may be additional fees associated with this therefore, HS2 Ltd will contribute up to an additional £150.00 Plus VAT for the purposes of preparing the revised Contract of Receipt for the higher payment amount.

My solicitor has already sent the necessary documents back to DLA Piper in order to progress my claim.  Can I still claim the increased amount?

Yes, we are still able to place your application on temporary hold until the increased payment amounts come into effect by arranging for our finance team to not release your HOP payment to DLA Piper.

Once the increased payments come into effect, we will contact you to explain that we will once again continue to progress your application and provide you with a set of revised instructions to pass onto your solicitor.  Whilst not all of the checks will need to be revisited, you will need to sign a revised Contract of Receipt in the presence of your solicitor.  We appreciate that there may be additional fees associated with this therefore, HS2 Ltd will contribute up to an additional £150.00 Plus VAT for the purposes of preparing the revised Contract of Receipt for the higher payment amount.

My solicitor has informed me that they have received the funds required to provide me with my HOP scheme payment. Does this mean that I cannot claim the increased amount?

No, however it is important that your solicitor arranges for these funds to be immediately sent back to DLA Piper, minus their legal fees and VAT as stated on the Solicitor’s Certificate so they can be returned to HS2 Ltd.

Once the increased payments come into effect, we will contact you to explain that we will once again continue to progress your application and provide you with a set of revised instructions to pass onto your solicitor.  Whilst not all of the checks will need to be revisited, you will need to sign a revised Contract of Receipt in the presence of your solicitor.  We appreciate that there may be additional fees associated with this therefore, HS2 Ltd will contribute up to an additional £150.00 plus VAT for the purposes of preparing the revised Contract of Receipt for the higher payment amount.

My solicitor has advised that they will need to charge an additional fee in order to revisit my case and deal with the revised Contract of receipt.  Will this fee be covered by HS2 Ltd?

HS2 Ltd have agreed to cover up to an additional £150.00 plus VAT for the purposes of your solicitor to arrange for a revised Contract of Receipt to be signed for the increase payment amount.  We believe this maximum fee covered to be fair given the modest amount of additional work that will be required from your solicitor.

Your solicitor may wish to charge a higher amount than this however, any amount above the aforementioned agreed fee will need to be covered by you.

I have already received my HOP payment before 16 November 2020.  Am I now eligible to submit an additional claim for an increased amount?

If your HOP scheme payment was received before 16 November 2020 which is the date when HS2 Ltd published further information in relation the increased payment amounts, then you are not eligible to claim the increased payment amount or a top up payment.

I already received my HOP payment, but this was on or after 16 November 2020. Am I able to submit a claim for an increased payment?

If your HOP scheme payment was made to you on or after 16 November 2020, then you may be able to submit a claim for an increased payment.  If your HOP scheme payment was received by you on or after 16 November 2020, then you may be able to submit a claim for an increased payment.  HS2 and DLA Piper will conduct an assessment to establish if you had been made aware of the increased payment amounts prior to you receiving your HOP payment.

If it is established that you had not been notified or received any information in relation to the increased payment amounts prior to receiving your payment, then you may be eligible to submit a separate claim for the difference between the money you have received and the increased amount.  However, if we establish that you were aware of the increased amount becoming available and made the choice to proceed at the lower amount, you will not be eligible to submit another claim for the increased amount.

Can I choose not to wait for the increased amounts to come into effect and continue to claim the lower amount?

Yes, should you wish to progress with your application now and claim the lesser HOP scheme payment amount, you can do so.  You will need to inform your DLA Piper case officer that you wish to proceed at the current payment amount.  By proceeding with your application at this time and claiming the lower payment, you will not be able to claim the increased amount in the future.


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Published:
15 May 2020
Updated:
16 November 2020