Can I make a joint application?
- with your spouse of civil partner.
- with a joint tenant, or someone who shares your tenancy
- up to three family members who have lived with you for at least the last 12 months as their only or main home.
- if you share your Right to Buy with someone who is not a named tenant, additional documentation will be required before their Right to Buy can be accepted.
How long does the RTB process take?
From the date the application form is received, the process often takes in excess of 6 months.
I want to buy my flat/maisonette, how many years will I have on my lease?
Council leases start at a date of 125 years from the date the first flat was sold in the block.
My family member lives in a council property, can I buy the house on their behalf?
The RTB legislation does not stipulate how the purchase is funded, however if you will be obtaining a mortgage to fund the purchase the mortgage company may have conditions. At least one secure tenant must be included in the purchase of the property.
How long do I need to be living in my current property before I have the RTB?
How long you have lived in your current property is irrelevant. As long as you have been a public sector tenant for more than 3 years you may have the Right to Buy your home.
Can I rent my property out after RTB?
You must be living in your property throughout the Right to Buy process. After the sale on your property has completed, you are able to rent out the property. If you are purchasing the leasehold of your property, you will need to notify the Council and complete a subletting form.
How soon can I sell my property after RTB?
If you sell the property within the first 5 years of purchase, you will be required to repay all or a proportion of the discount you received. If you want to sell the property within the first 10 years, you are required to first off the property back to the Council, although it is unlikely that they will purchase the property back from you.
For more information visit the official Right to Buy government website or the official Right to Buy government guide to buying your council home