You need to:
- read all the information below
- download and complete a Right to Buy application form from the Gov.uk website
- fill in all the sections including the list of your previous tenancies and any improvements you have made. You will also be asked to sign a declaration that you are not a bankrupt.
- return the forms to us using one of the following methods:
The fastest way to get these forms and any documents back to us is to scan and return them to Customer First by email.
If you don't have a scanner or printer, you can access the internet, printers and scanners at your local library. You may need to book these and take identification if you are not a member.
Otherwise, you can come in to the contact centre to use the self-serve computers at Southover House, Lewes, BN7 1AB.
Or, you can post your completed form and documents to:
Lewes District and Eastbourne Borough Councils
1 Grove Road
Eastbourne, BN21 4TW
If you are unable to use the methods above, you can visit the contact centre at Southover House. We will also need the following documents to process your application:
Other documents we need from you:
We will also need the following documents to process your applications:
ID (passport or drivers licence)
proof of tenancy (your tenancy agreement)
proof of 12 months residence at the property (4 bills from throughout a 12 month period from a utility company or electoral role confirmation with name and address clearly stated)
We will acknowledge your right to buy within 5 working days of receipt and offer you an appointment to discuss the implications of purchasing your property. We will send you a response form RTB2 telling you whether or not you have the Right to Buy. It is possible that after you have sent in your application we may write to you for some extra information. We will not be able to give you any details regarding the price of your property until the valuation has been carried out.
If you have been a tenant for more than three years we will send you this within four weeks. If you have been a tenant for less than three years we will respond within eight weeks. If you do not have the Right to Buy we will tell you why and offer you an appointment to discuss this.
Please note that Lewes District Council complies with the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in order to protect itself from becoming a victim and to implement a risk-bases approach to detect and prevent money laundering and as a result all applications are verified and vetted by our Corporate Fraud Team
If you do have the Right to Buy, we will arrange for a valuation to be carried out on the property. After this has been done we will then send you a formal Offer Notice (also known as a S125 Notice), which will tell you how much you will have to pay to buy your home. This will include other important information about service charges, if you live in a flat. The notice will also tell you about any structural defects we know about the property. We will send the S125 Notice to you within 8 weeks from the date of the RTB2, or within 12 weeks if you live in a flat or maisonette.
Accepting or refusing an offer:
With the S125 Notice we will send you a form asking if you wish to accept or refuse the offer. You will also have the option to have the property re-valued if you do not agree with the valuation price given.
If you accept the offer we will obtain the plans of your property and will visit the outside of your property to check these plans are correct. We will then pass all of the documents to our Legal Department who will then contact your solicitor to arrange the final details of the sale.
To speed the process along you may wish to arrange for any mortgage you may need whilst we are obtaining the plans. You may also decide to get an independent survey done by a qualified surveyor but you are responsible for this.