This briefing paper explains the Coalition Government's starter homes initiative. The homes were to be available at a minimum 20% discount on market value to first-time buyers under the age of 40. The paper outlines legislative provisions in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 to enact the initiative, together with planning policy reforms and a £1.2 billion Starter Homes Land Fund to support starter homes delivery. No starter homes were built and the policy appears to have been replaced by First Homes. This paper is historic and will not be updated.