Right to Buy
Your tenancy agreement gives you the legal right to buy your home from the Council. To do this:
You must have been a secure tenant with us or other public sector landlord (a council or housing association), or have lived in armed forces housing for at least 3 years.
You must not live in a certain type of property such as sheltered or housing suitable for elderly or disabled people.
You will be able to buy your home at less than its true market value and generally the longer you have been a qualifying tenant the bigger your discount will be. If you live in a house you will get between 35% and 70% discount from the market value, and if you live in a flat you will get between 50% and 70% discount. Both of these discount rates are however subject to a maximum ceiling discount allowed of £77,900.
If you sell your home at a future date you may need to repay some or all of your discount. If you applied on or after 18th January 2005, you will have to give the Council the first option on your house if you wish to sell it within 10 years after your purchase.
For more information, please visit the Government's Right to Buy website (under the Offsite Links section). This provides information about the scheme and includes a calculator to assist you in working out what discount you would be entitled to.
If you would like to discuss the Right to Buy, please contact the Governments' Right to Buy Agent Service (under the Offsite Links section on this page) which offers free and impartial advice to assist you with the Right to Buy process. Alternatively, please contact the Council's Right to Buy Officer.
In order to ensure applications are processed efficiently, the Council has produced a Service Charter containing details of the standards of service you can expect to receive.