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Right To Buy

The Right to Buy scheme was created by the government to help tenants buy their council property at a discount depending on the number of years they've lived in the property. Our right to buy solicitors at Davisons specialise in assisting people in purchasing their homes from the council through Right to Buy. We can explain your options to you and guide you through the process so you can make the most of the initiative.

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Who can apply for the Right to Buy scheme?

You can apply to buy your property if:

  • You have had a public sector landlord such as a council, housing association, armed services landlord or NHS trust for three years.
  • Your property is your only or main home.
  • Your property is self-contained.
  • You are a secure tenant. A secure tenant is somebody who has the right to live in their property for the rest of their life.

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If your property was a council house but sold to another landlord whilst you lived there, then you may have the ‘Preserved Right to Buy’. You will need to ask your landlord if you are eligible for this scheme.

If you are not eligible for ‘Preserved Right to Buy’, you may be able to apply to another scheme called ‘Right to Acquire’. This scheme is for those who have had a public sector landlord for three or more years.

To be eligible for ‘Right to Acquire’, your property must have been bought or built by the landlord after 31st March 1997 and funded by a social housing grant. Alternatively, it must have been transferred from a local council to a housing association after 31st March 1997.

Another scheme called ‘Voluntary Right to Buy’ is currently being piloted by the government. If you are not eligible for any of the other schemes, this may be an option for you. To find out, talk to your landlord.

When you purchase your council house or flat through the Right to Buy scheme, you will receive a discount on the market value. The maximum discount is more than £80,000 (over £100,000 in London), and it increases each April. Check the government website for an up-to-date figure.

The exact discount you receive will depend upon how long you have been a tenant, the type of property you are purchasing, and your property’s value. If you are buying your property jointly with another person, the discount will be based on the person who has been a tenant for the longest.

Usually, you will be expected to repay at least some of the right to buy discount if you sell your ex council house or flat within five years of purchase.

Why choose Davisons Right to Buy solicitors?

Our experienced conveyancing solicitors at Davisons can advise you on every aspect of your purchase through the Right to Buy scheme. We will explore the legal implications with you and act in your best interests. We can guide you through the application process and provide you with a quick and efficient Right to Buy conveyancing service.

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Our team of specialist lawyers are experts in their field. Be confident in their advice and decisions to help get the right outcome for you. Contact us today to see how we can help