The HOC (Home Ownership Campaign) 2020 – All You Need To Know!

The Home Ownership Campaign (HOC), which ran throughout 2019, was designed to encourage the increase in home ownership among Malaysians. And now, it's back again till 2021, people!
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You may have probablyyy heard about the Home Ownership Campaign (HOC), which was launched in January 2019, and ended on 31st December of the same year.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent Movement Control Order (MCO), the Malaysian economy took a heavy hit across all sectors.

In order to "support businesses and strengthen the nation’s economy", the Prime Minister introduced the Short-Term Economic Recovery Plan (PENJANA) during his speech on 5th June 2020.

Amongst the many initiatives that were presented, the reintroduction of HOC 2020 was one of them! Without further ado, let's take a closer look at this scheme meant to benefit homebuyers everywhere.


What was the HOC all about?

The HOC was a government initiative designed to support homebuyers looking to purchase property. At the same time, it also encouraged the sales of unsold properties in Malaysia’s housing market.

The campaign was targeted to run from 1 January 2019 through to 30 June 2019, but it was extended till 31 December 2019 in an announcement by the Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

And now, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has announced that HOC is back, taking effect from June 2020.

With growing desire for home ownership amongst Malaysians, particularly in popular urban areas, the HOC initiative was designed to match aspiring homeseekers with all those empty homes.

What empty homes, you ask? We're referring to Malaysia’s residential overhang, which stood at a total of 45,027 units, according to records from the National Property Information Centre (Napic)!

PropertyGuru Tip
A property overhang is defined by Napic as completed units that remain unsold nine months after launching, and after they've been certified as fit for occupation by local authorities.

It operated in collaboration with a number of major reputable developers, linking potential buyers with qualifying properties.

But the real value for you, as a potential buyer, came from the financial incentives that were offered as part of the scheme.

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What were the benefits of the Home Ownership Campaign 2019?

The Home Ownership Campaign aimed to encourage the purchase of certain properties with the support of key financial incentives. Those incentives are:

1) Full stamp duty exemption till RM1 million

Under the scheme, successful applicants enjoyed 100% stamp duty exemption on Instrument of Transfer for any residential home purchase up to the value of RM1 million.

2) Partial stamp duty exemption till RM2.5 million

For properties worth more than RM1 million up to RM2.5 million, you paid 3% stamp duty on the Instrument of Transfer for the amount that's more than RM1 million.

Property Price

Stamp Duty

First RM100,000Exempted
RM100,001 to RM500,000Exempted
RM500,001 to RM1,000,000Exempted
RM1,000,001 to RM2,500,0003% (as compared to the 4% which was to have come into effect in July 2019)

3) Instruments on securing loans exemption

All properties within the scheme enjoyed a further stamp duty exemption on the Instrument of Securing Loan.

Property Price

Stamp Duty

Up to RM2,500,000Exempted

4) 10% house discount

As well as the stamp duty exemption, you enjoyed a minimum 10% reduction on the purchasing price of properties listed under the scheme.

PropertyGuru Tip
Based on the development's approved APDL pricing, the 10% discount will be applied to that amount. Whereas for properties that do not have a valid APDL anymore (projects that have already obtained CCC), the 10% discount is based on its selling price.


What are the benefits of the Home Ownership Campaign 2020?

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The HOC this time around carries the same set of benefits as previously, notably:

  1. Stamp duty exemption on the instruments of transfer and loan agreement for the purchase of residential homes priced between RM300,000 to RM2.5 million (subject to at least 10% discount provided by the developer).
  2. The exemption on the instrument of transfer is limited to the first RM1 million of the property price, while full stamp duty exemption is given on loan agreement effective for Sales and Purchase Agreements (SPA) signed between 1st June 2020 to 31st May 2021


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Let's say you bought a property at RM400,000...

Without HOC, you'd have paid:

Down Payment (RM400,000 x 10%)RM40,000
Stamp Duty Loan (RM360,000 x 0.5%)RM1,800
Stamp Duty MOT (100,000 x 1% + 300,000 x 2%)RM7,000
Monthly Repayment (3.5% @ 35 years loan, 90% of purchase price)RM1,487.85
Total Cost RM50,287.85

With HOC, you'd only pay: 

*Down Payment [(RM400,000 x 90%) x 10%]RM36,000
Stamp Duty LoanRM0
Stamp Duty MOTRM0
Monthly Repayment (3.5% @ 35 years loan, 90% of purchase price)RM1,339.06
Total Cost RM37,339.06

*As properties under HOC is entitled to a minimum 10% discount, thus the new property price under HOC is RM400,000 x 90% (10% off). 


Who was eligible for the Home Ownership Campaign?

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Unlike many of Malaysia’s restrictive affordable housing schemes which come with stringent rules in place, the Home Ownership Campaign had relatively relaxed criteria in a bid to encourage growth in property buying.

  • Registered properties: Eligibility only applies to those registered properties listed by developers within the scheme.
  • Residential purposes: Purchasers must be buying the property for the purpose of residing within it only.
  • Malaysian citizens: Purchasers and co-purchasers must be Malaysian citizens.
  • 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2021: To be eligible for the exemptions and discount, a Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) must be stamped between 1 June 2020 and 31 May 2021.
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What properties did the HOC cover?

The Home Ownership Campaign covered registered residential properties with a value between RM300,000 and RM2.5 million. Those properties must be registered with the relevant authority for each region.

HOC 2019 was designed to ONLY support residential home purchases. That means all qualifying properties must be built and used as a place of dwelling. Properties cannot be for, or converted to, commercial activities.

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What else was there to know about HOC 2020?

So with all that in mind, what else did you need to know about the Home Ownership Campaign? Let’s go through some important questions:

1) Does it apply to secondary markets?

No, the HOC 2020 only applied to new properties registered under the campaign from specific developers.

2) When does the campaign end?

The campaign will end on 31st May 2021. All qualifying SPA agreements must be signed between 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2021.

3) Do I have to pay a fee to participate?

No, the campaign is free. Developers must pay a registration fee but that does not apply to home owners.

4) Can I buy multiple properties under the campaign?

Yes, you can. There was no limit to the number of properties you can purchase, and get stamp duty exemptions on all of them, under the HOC 2020.

5) Do all properties receive a 10% discount?

A minimum 10% discount applied on all properties within the scheme, with the exception of those subject to government price controls.

6) What was the exemption amount on the Instrument of Loan?

The exemption on an Instrument of Loan amount covers 0.5% of the loan agreement. That amount covers the standard stamping fee for such an instrument.


HOC 2020 is a great way to cut the cost of buying a new home. But remember, stamp duties aren’t the only costs when it comes to a new home! Why not take a look at our helpful guides to other important costs to consider as a home owner. Explore the reality of sinking fund and maintenance fees or quit rent and assessment rates. You can thank us later 😉

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