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Buying your council house: Right to Buy explained

This government scheme gives people the chance to buy the council house they are currently renting at a discounted rate. This guide explains the scheme, who is eligible, how to apply and next steps and things to watch

What is it?

The Right To Buy scheme allows secure tenants of council homes and housing association properties to buy their home with a significant discount. Approximately 2 million home have been sold in this way over the last 30 years

The maximum discount is:

  • £100,000 in London
  • £75,000 in rest of England
  • £16,000 in Wales
  • £24,000 in Northern Ireland

The discount is based on:

  • how long you’ve been a tenant with a public sector landlord
  • the type of property you’re buying (a flat or a house)
  • the value of your home

Use this calculator to work how much discount you are due

Am I eligible?

If you answer yes to the following questions you are probably eligible:

  • Is the home you wish to buy your only, or main home?
  • Are you a council tenant or were when you home was sold to your current landlord?
  • Have you been a council tenant for at least five years (it doesn’t have to be five years in a row)?
  • Can you confirm that your home is not sheltered or other housing suitable for elderly of disabled people?
  • Can you confirm that you have no legal problems with debt?
  • Can you confirm you have no outstanding possession orders against you?
  • Can you confirm that your home is not due for demolition?

Should I do it?

There are a few issues you will want to think about before buying your council home

Can you afford it?

There are risks to owning a home and it is important to get independent mortgage advice to help you decide if you can afford to buy.  Some mortgage lenders may require a deposit, whereas others may be satisfied with the equity in your home. Our buying guides are here to help you decide whether you can afford to buy and how and when should you get a mortgage.  If you are concerned that you have a poor credit rating, there are ways you can improve your credit rating before applying for a mortgage.

The Real Costs

If you are buying a leasehold property there will be on-going maintenance costs to consider. If your property is part of a block you may have to pay a contribution to any works the Council decides to do to shared or common areas. Read our guides on the hidden costs of buying and on the difference between leasehold and freehold properties

Selling your home afterwards

If you sell your home within five years of purchasing it you will have to repay the discount.

If you sell your home within 10 years of buying it through Right to Buy, you must first offer it to either to your old landlord or another social landlord in the area.

If you sell within the first year, you’ll have to pay back all of the discount. On top of this, the amount you pay back depends on the value of your home when you sell it. So, if you got a 20% discount, you’ll have to pay back 20% of the selling price.

If you sell after the first year, the total amount you pay back reduces. You pay back:

  • 80% of the discount in the second year
  • 60% of the discount in the third year
  • 40% of the discount in the fourth year
  • 20% of the discount in the fifth year

How do I apply?

  • Fill in this form
  • Send it to your landlord. They will say yes or no within four weeks
  • If your landlord agrees to sell, they’ll send you an offer. They must do this within 8 weeks of saying yes if you’re buying a freehold property, or 12 weeks if you’re buying a leasehold property.

Your offer

If your application has been accepted your landlord will set out in writing:

  • How much they think you should pay and how the figure was worked out
  • A description of the property and any land that is included
  • Estimates of any service charges (if it is a flat or maisonette) for the next five years
  • any known problems with the property’s structure, eg subsidence

If you are happy with this you have 12 weeks to accept. If you disagree with anything your landlord has said write to them within three months and ask for an independent valuation.

What next?

If you wish to accept the offer, you will need to arrange for a mortgage and to instruct a solicitor.  See our step-by-step guide to buying a home

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  1. Ann GardinerAnn Gardiner

    Thank you for all information so far, we have instructed solicitor etc. Informed council we ate going ahead, And as cash buyer money is in place. At what point does rent stop being charged to us

  2. Manar MoalinManar Moalin

    My flat is owned by Paddington Church Housing Association, I have been a tenant since year 21 years.

    Can you help me buy my flat, I am prepared to our 25% deposit.


    M M

  3. Paula murrayPaula murray

    My council house tenancy is in my name only I have been a council tenant for 31 yrs so I have the Right to buy my husband who is not on the tenancy want to buy using the discount we tried for a mortgage in his name only to be told both our names had to on it now we have been refused due to my ccj and defaults on my credit file is there any way he can still buy my home using the RTB discount without my name being on the mortgage

  4. NazNaz

    Hi. Me and my husband were on a joint tenancy for 15 years. We decided to buy the house under the RTB scheme. However my credit scoring was not good so my husband end up purchasing the house solely. We are unfortunately having marital issues and have kids…would I still be entitled to apply for another council property as I can’t live here no more? Also if in future I wanted to purchase would I have my preserved RTB discount for my own tenancy or would it start all over again?

  5. negebe kassimnegebe kassim

    I am buying my flat under rtb,after completion do i have to still live in the flat,as i may have to move due to mobility issues.I will not sell for at least the 5 year minimum,the flat would be empty but not for sale ?

  6. Sombat KhamsomSombat Khamsom

    Thank you very much

  7. PatPat

    I have received a repair request -leak within the dwelling causing damage to kitchen cabinet, mould around bath and bathroom ceiling and rat infestation. However, I have been advised to inform the person reporting the repair that only the leak will be carried out as they have a right to buy application pending. Where do find more information to provide to the resident about this?

  8. LouiseLouise

    My next door neighbour has moved out of their council house and it is standing empty (for about 1 year). I would like to buy the house from the council to live in, not to rent out or sell on and we are prepared to pay full market value. We own our house (mortgage) but prefer their garden/aspect.
    We have approached the council but have been told only council tenants can buy. Is there anything that we can do? I would love the house!

  9. Kay HixsonKay Hixson

    Hi- I need legal advice. I was a council tenant from 1998 to 2006- After I jad my son in 2004- My council persuaded me to move to a housing association property which eas bigger. I was not advised that I would lose my Preserved Right to Buy. After 6months and a marriage breakdown- I swapped back to a property owned by the original council I was with which was no a housing association. I applied to buy the flat and they did a survey (it was around 2010) and the price of the property was low but they said I only had the right to acquire. I tried to get help from the Housing Ombudsman who delayed my case for a year. (I HAVE EMAILS TO PROVE THIS). They finally told me that they couldn’t help me. 10 years on…people tell me again and again that I shoild appeal. My housing association wrote to me saying” we will tell people next ye that they will lose their right to buy” basically admitting their culpability. I do not know what type of solicitor to go to. Can you advise me please. Thanks Kay

  10. SamSam

    Hi, my 80 year old father would like to buy his council flat, he has enough to pay cash for it which saves him having to pay rent each month. He recently applied and it was refused because the are flats suitable for elderly people. His flat has a heavy communal fire door and concrete stairs leading up to his flat which is on the top floor. I don’t think its suitable for elderly residents. Another flat in the same block has previously been sold by the council. Do I have good grounds to appeal? I know the council won’t change the heavy door system because it’s a fire door but it’s not practical for an elderly disabled resident. Any advice would be great. Thanks.

  11. SalSal


    I’m currently a secure council tenant of a bedsit and been so for about 15 years. I’m thinking about moving to another London borough under the Mayor of London’s Housing Move scheme. If I did move under the scheme and moved to a 1 or 2 bed flat on social rent, would I still retain my 15 years as a secure council tenant and be able to buy the new flat with a RTB discount at some point, or will I start from the beginning again as a new tenant because I moved address/ borough?

  12. LesleyLesley


    I am unable to find a definitive answer to the following question: The owner (approx 2 years) of a council flat dies. In his will the council flat is left to his sister. Does the council have the right to reclaim the flat?


  13. KatieKatie

    Hi there,

    Once you have purchase your property on the RTB from the council

    Can you let the property out before the 5 years is up?

  14. Yohan BlakeYohan Blake

    Hi there I’m in my 4th year of my RTB mortgage I have been offered a job outside of London. Is there any circumstances where You are not forced to pay back part of the discount due to the need to sell to relocate?

  15. Dilara MiahDilara Miah

    I have lived in my housing association ( clarion housing) property for 18 years. It’s a house conversion 3 bedroom property. How much discount I will get if I buy this property.

  16. Lilian WoodfieldLilian Woodfield

    I had right to buy 200 i have sold my house this year, my buyer us threatening to withdraw as cant find claw back agreement what shall i do,

  17. CristinaCristina

    I have lived in my housing association property for over 20 years and there is no RTB. I would like to move to a new area. If I were to do a house swap and the new property allowed RTB, would I need to wait three years before I could purchase it, or would the years in my previous property count?

  18. JaimeJaime

    We have been housing association tenants for 20 years with no RTB so would like to move to council housing which offers this. What I need to discover beforehand is the value of the home to ensure we can afford to buy it. There are sites like righttomove which have the current market values but am unsure if council homes are valued lower than private homes? Any advice would be appreciated!

  19. NiaNia

    I’m trying to sell my property after living there for 8 years.I’ve given the council first refusal. I had it valued by a estate agent and the council have offered £22k less. When asked why they arent offering market value like it says they should i was told they have to take into account future repairs and rental income. I’ve asked for the district valuer to come out, but I can’t seem to get a straight answer from anyone to what happens if I do not agree with their valuation. Will I be able to then sell on the open market or will I be forced to either keep the property or sell to them at the lower price?

  20. Louise BarrattLouise Barratt

    We have just been told we can’t buy out council house which we’ve lived in for 15yrs of some ‘clause’ to do with the old housing association which doesn’t even exist any more – we are totally crushed

  21. SamiraSamira

    I would like to get quotations for solicitor fee to buy my wright to buy council property

    • HomeOwners AllianceHomeOwners Alliance

      Hello Samira, you can get quotes at this link.

  22. SteveSteve

    Hi,Could you please help?
    We put in an offer on a flat that was on the market,the offer was accepted and we proceeded to have a survey carried out along with the usual searches and instructed a solicitor,we even paid the agent a deposit to take it off the market.This all took place mid October 2019.
    We have recently been informed that as the property is ex-council and within the 10 hear period it has to be offered back to the council first.
    At this point we feel this should have been outlined to us sooner,and now find it was only offered back to the council a week ago.
    However,now this could take a further 8 weeks.
    It has also come to our attention that the property went on the market over a year ago and was offered back to the council then and they didn’t want it back.
    My question is this,How many times does the property have to be offered back to the council once they have previously said that they didn’t want it ?
    This is very frustrating.
    Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

    Regards Steve.

    • HomeOwners AllianceHomeOwners Alliance

      Dear Steve – As you point out this could delay things significantly for you. I am surprised that the Estate Agent wasn’t aware of this. It might be worth contacting the Help to Buy advisers to ask them why this is the case. It might be because if the sale hasn’t been completed the first time it has to go back again.

  23. Celeste SmithCeleste Smith

    Is it possible to get your own buyers survey so your not relying on the councils word only of what the property is worth? Do they have to provide paperwork for this to go ahead or can you just get one for your own piece of mind.

  24. Krzysztof Antoni ChmielKrzysztof Antoni Chmiel

    I need to buy a flat from sheltered house “Clarion Housing” in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire where I have been living for 6 years as a tenant. Please inform me how much is cost that flat and how get the money to buy discount 80 % of price.
    Your sincerely: Krzysztof Antoni Chmiel, still tenant.

    • HomeOwners AllianceHomeOwners Alliance

      Hello Krysztof, not all flats are available to buy. Contact Clarion to find out if yours is.

  25. DaveDave

    I have applied for and received acknowledgement and valuation to buy my flat and I have accepted.
    I retired rom my Job to fund the purchase, and then was offered a fixed term contract in the Isle of Man, which I accepted and notified the local Authority that I would be working away (so not to be regarded as abandoning the property, I have maintained all the utility payments, rent, council tax even TV licence, they have now stated that they ar going to evict on the grounds that my Flat is not my main home?, they even provided me with a reference for my landlord on the Isle of Man so were aware of my circumstances.
    I have been served with a notice to quit, which has meant that I have to end my employment contract and tenancy for my flat on the Isle of Man (I couldn’t afford to live here without a job).
    I am returning to my home and am now awaiting the results of the Application for a hearing to evict, can I stop this before it gets to this stage?

    • HomeOwners AllianceHomeOwners Alliance

      Dear Dave – Really sorry to hear of your circumstances. It does sound like you may need some legal advice in relation to this issue. If you would like to consider joining HOA, you do get one free legal call as part of the membership

  26. Karine MitchellKarine Mitchell

    Hi, is it still the case you can’t buy your housing association house? Even though it is in need of repair and you could spend money on it that the association doesn’t have.

    • HomeOwners AllianceHomeOwners Alliance

      Hello Karine, there are only very limited circumstances in which you can now buy your housing association property. Take a look at the Right to Buy website for more information.

  27. luigi minielloluigi miniello

    i have been vebally offered a valuation on my flat by the local authority Nottingham City Homes . I have accepted the offer and the property has been valued and has now gone to commitee to approve the release of funds to buy the flat my question is would there be any charges if I back out of selling after the funds to purchase the property have been released by NCH ?

    • HomeOwners AllianceHomeOwners Alliance

      Hi Luigi, you’d need to check this with NCH. Best wishes.

  28. ChrisChris

    My parents have lived in their council house for the past 37 years. Am I able to gift them the money to buy it so they can buy it mortgage free and they will no longer have any rent to pay on the basis that they give me the house in their will when they both pass?

    • HomeOwners AllianceHomeOwners Alliance

      Dear Chris – You can make a certain level of gifts each year without tax implications. However, I would suggest you speak to a tax lawyer about this and what the opportunity might be for you. If you become a member of Homeowners Alliance we could set up a legal call for you for free

  29. NualaNuala

    Hi what happens if a person bought their under right to buy 3 years ago ( no mortgage outstanding) but have now recently passed away?
    The house has been left in a will to be divided by family but unclear what needs to be done with council tax now? Thanks


    i would ask you than i am 78 age wish like rights to buy at Leeds council but i only think about my careful future so i have got debt with awful really i feel not sure they will not have me because with difficult with state benefits is income £1,380 monthly and i think really bit hard with control to be not easy control financially & m case is very disappointed over my past was damaged by my late parents was very angry with me over rights to buy they don’ t want buy new home of my own and i have been very sad over this never mind next year will be 80 th Birthday and i wish like queen mary 2 ship way to new york for my 80 th Birthday hope not disappointed for my last time still patience well thanks

  31. Elaine RottineElaine Rottine

    Who do you contact in the council, if you want to sell back
    the rtb property within the 5-10 year mark?

  32. JulieJulie

    Do wigan council buy back ex council property’s as thinking of selling mine want to know if they back back or not

    • Chandni SahniChandni Sahni

      Hi Julie, I would contact the council directly to see if they do this.

  33. Mary AndersonMary Anderson

    ‘if i buy an ex council leasehold property am i then able to let said property say 10 years in the future?’

    • Sara HindSara Hind

      Hi Mary, ask to see a copy of the lease, that should say whether there any restrictions on letting the property in the future.

  34. EdwardEdward

    Hi, I am thinking of using Preserved RTB for my apartment, but also considering moving out of the area to live with my partner in around three years time. There is a caveat in the purchase in that the apartment must be my principal home, which it currently is, but in three years time would potentially be my ‘work home.’ We live a distance that makes daily commuting impractical, so I would use the apartment for only part of the week. Could this impact upon the purchase?

    • Sara HindSara Hind

      Hi Edward, I can’t see anything in the guidance that talks about this scenario. You’d have to pay back some of the discount if you decided to sell, but that’s not what you’re going to do. To be sure though, it would be worth speaking with one of the advisers on the Right to Buy helpline on 0300 1230913.

  35. Sarah KennettSarah Kennett

    Hi there, I have recently applied to buy my home, i have been a housing tenant for the last 15 years without a break, i have 3 children and i am single. I have been turned down as I haven’t lived in the house from 1998 apparently. I don’t really understand this as the government website states that you have a right to buy as long as you have been a tenant for at least 3 years. Can i appeal this decision ?

    Best regards, Sarah.

  36. Doug FrancisDoug Francis

    My mother in law died two years ago but bought her council flat a year previously the flat after probate belongs to my wife and her sister as surviving children would they have to pay back anything to the council if they sold the flat under the right to buy 5 year rule

    • Sara HindSara Hind

      Hello Doug, I’ve spoken to the Right to Buy helpline to see if any discount would have to be paid back in the circumstances described by you (I didn’t give your name). The short answer is “yes”. You can speak to the Right to Buy helpline to find out more and to find out how to get a calculation of how much would have to be paid back. You can speak to them on 0300 123 0913.

  37. DavidDavid

    good afternoon

    my mother is buying her council home.once completed can we then put the property into Trust ?

  38. HazHaz

    My Mother is named on a council house, along with my younger brother.
    The Council are now doing the Better Homes programme and improving their kitchen.bathroom.
    Once this is done, the value will go up of the house.
    Will the Council take this money off the purchase price?

    • AKerrAKerr

      Hi there. This really depends on what stage you are at and what the property has been valued at. It would be best to raise your query with the Council concerned, and we would be happy to look into this further for you if you were to become a member
      HomeOwners Alliance team

  39. MariaMaria

    I purchased my property 3 years ago under the RTB but now want to leave UK.
    I understand that I can’t sell it yet without loosing part of my discount. I thought of letting it out and sell it in a couple of years. In the mean time, I will be living abroad. Does my change in UK residency status affects my right-to buy rights in any way?
    Thank you

    • AKerrAKerr

      Hi Maria, Yes after 3 years you’ll have to pay back some of the discount, but after five years I understand you can usually sell the property without repaying any discount, but may have to offer to sell it back to the council first. Check your paperwork for a definitive answer. Alternatively, and given your plans to move abroad, speak to your Council to check they are happy for you to rent it while abroad.
      HomeOwners Alliance Team

  40. paulinapaulina

    I am about to move to a council property (3bedroom flat) from 70s, second floor. There is no adaptations made for disabled people. I live in Norwich City Council area. I have lived in a Housing Associations flat for over 8 years now, paying rent and council tax, currently I don’t have any benefits and haven’t had any debts. How long I have to wait for before I can buy my new/old flat through RTB? Thank you.

  41. SandraSandra

    Myself, partner and adult son have lived in a secure council tenancy for 15 years. Is my son eligible to buy the property on our behalf. I have a poor credit rating and do not think I will be accepted for a mortgage, but he definitely will be.

  42. Gul RajaGul Raja

    I would like to help my mum buy the housing association property we have lived in for 25 years. We do not currently have the right to buy because of the type of tenancy we have.

    I would like advice on whether we should stay and wait to buy the HA property if it gets picked to be in the pilot or look to buy elsewhere instead?

    If I wait, I’m 40, and we aren’t considered for the pilot, I’m concerned I won’t be able to get a mortgage?

    Please help!

  43. Janice StoreyJanice Storey

    Can the council dictate how much you can borrow

  44. Modupe AdefalaModupe Adefala

    I have submitted a Right to Buy Application (joint with my husband and son).
    However, I hold a property on Buy to Let Mortgage in my name (solely).

    Does this pose a problem for our application?

    • Sophie KhanSophie Khan

      Dear Modupe,

      As our guide indicates you are probably eligible if the home you wish to buy is your only or main home, however, it is best for you to speak to a right to buy agent to confirm this, based on the specifics of your situation.

      Kind regards,

      HomeOwners Alliance Team

  45. Syed MiahSyed Miah

    It’s been nearly a year now I’ve purchased my council property through Right to Buy Scheme. As circumstance has changed due to my job is relocating to the Head Office which is another district, therefore my family has to move to a new home. Therefore I have to sell my current home to purchase new property.
    So I understand that I’ve received a big discount from my Council to purchase my property, but If I sell my property later this year which falls in the second year. Do I need to payback remaining discount straightaway to the council or can I organise a payment plan scheme. I understand there will be equity on my home, which will help me towards the deposit of the new purchase. The reason of the help is the price value of his houses in another district is far difference from my current home.
    So will the council accept a payback scheme for the remaining the discount to be paid back?

  46. stephen jacksonstephen jackson

    if i buy my flat how long must keep it before i could rent it

    • Sophie KhanSophie Khan

      Dear Stephen,

      Thanks for your query. You should check with your landlord such as the local authority or housing association to ensure that you can do this, to check what timescales are applicable and that you do not breach any of their terms and conditions. Do also have a look at a reply to a question raised with one of our experts: Can I rent out my right to buy flat?

      Kind regards,

      HomeOwners Alliance Team

  47. Jacqui creedJacqui creed

    I own a third of a shared ownership property with a housing association, would I be eligible for a right to buy discount on the remaining two thirds as I have lived there for 10 years and would like to buy the rest?
    I would be grateful for any information you can give me.
    Many thanks

  48. Andrew BrownAndrew Brown

    My mother has occupied her council home for 64 years and qualifies for the maximum discount.

    She expressed a wish to pass on the house to me, however, I don’t live with her and have not intention to in the short term so I couldn’t buy it with her. She is 90 years old and claims Housing/Council Tax Benefit so is unable to purchase the house with her own funds. After taking advice I discovered that she could be loaned the money in order to buy it outright without a mortgage and that through creating a “Deed of Trust” she could pass on the property to whoever she wished after her death to bypassing any last will and testament she has made.

    We’re in the final stages of the RTB process, have the Section 125, and our solicitor is almost ready for my mother to sign the required paperwork before the monies are transferred.

    Now, I am an Assured tenant of a Housing Association property and am in a Civil Partnership, but do not have a joint tenancy with my partner. My mother’s property is approximately 100 miles away from my HA property. Were he to lend the money (£37,500 is the cost after discount) to my mother in order to buy the property and pass it on to both my Civil Partner and me after her death, would there be any implications regarding my tenancy in the Housing Association property I occupy?

    The “Deed of Trust” could either bestow my mother’s property to me, my partner or, more likely, both of us, and I want to make sure that there’ll be no problems in the event of my mother’s death and consequent ownership of the property.

    I want to know what potential pitfalls, if any, might appear were we to go ahead and my mother bought her property. She suffers from early stage dementia and requires carers 3 to 4 times a day. I’m aware that her condition could deteriorate where she may need 24 hour care and I’m looking at the possibility of me providing that care as she has consistently stated that she never wants to go into residential care. I have Power of Attorney over both financial and health/welfare for my mother, but the officer from the RTB section of the council warned me that if she had to go into residential care within the 5 year period after purchasing her property then the discount would have to repaid. I realise that once purchased all Housing/Council Tax benefits will cease and full payment for her existing care package will be necessary.

    Thank you.

  49. TedTed

    There’s a question from Nicola Miller asking if it’s possible for her to buy her parents’ bungalow for them. This crops up a lot around RTB and it’s rarely that people get given the right information.

    The only person(s) who can buy the property are the; tenants/spouse etc/up to 3 family members who have lived there in the previous 12 months. Their names can be legally attached to the purchase.

    Nicola cannot legally buy the property on their behalf if she lives elsewhere. If there’s a separate “hidden” legal agreement that says someone else is to get the benefit of the property at some future date then the discount is not due and must be repaid. There are also problems with a secret agreement – if things go pear shaped between the borrower and the lender then getting it enforced by a court when the object of the agreement is to defeat another bit of law that’s designed to prevent it from happening will be “difficult”.

    The only way for Nicola to help to buy the property in a way that is legal and doesn’t void the discount is for her to lend her parents the money to buy the bungalow with a legal charge. Just say it’s worth £100K after the discount. She lends them that money by way of an agreement that charges her parents interest. The agreement should also state that no interest or capital is payable until the property is sold. It should also state that the maximum amount of interest and capital under the terms of the loan that will be repayable will not exceed the net sale price of the bungalow (if there are other children then that bit is important as they could see their share of any other assets – say a bank account – being taken by one child to meet a shortfall if there is one and that won’t be good for family relations). There can also be a provision that enables her parents to transfer the loan and property to a smaller property if needed. She can also offer a further advance to have a conservatory built – under the same rolled up interest/capital repayments arrangement.

    How does Nicola get her money back? She charges interest on the loan. If she charges 10% then the amount her parents will owe after year 1 will be £110,000. After year 2 it will be £121,000. After year 3 it will be £133,100. At year 7 it will be £194,871.71. The interest rate can be whatever is reasonable. What she’s lent will roughly double every 7.5 years – less with a higher interest rate. That’s rolled up and she won’t see it until the bugalow is sold. Her parents are protected as the terms of the loan mean that they repay nothing until their deaths and it won’t exceed the sale price of their home..

    The loan isn’t regulated as is not a loan that’s given by someone in the course of a business. It can be done legally and above board but make sure that your parents AND you are both protected. Every eventuality has to be taken care of. Who will do the repairs? Nicola may die before her parents. Will whoever becomes the main beneficiary of Nicola’s will be as warm and loving towards her family as she is? Her parents have to be able to say “there’s the agreement and we’re safe in out home, or another home, until we die”.

    Take legal advice.

  50. loxyloxy

    if my mum buys her council house does the house have to stay in her name for the five years not selling it but giving it to one of her children

  51. Nicola MillerNicola Miller

    Hi I am wanting to buy my parents council bungalow for them and make some changes to the property ie. a conservatory and a new usable kitchen as my father is disabled and to just make it generally nicer for them as they are aged over 70 and was wondering if this is possible.
    They have lived in the property for over ten years.

  52. IanIan

    Hi I have been a council tenant in a flat for past 6 years and had a 4 year tenancy a few years before that. I am about to move from my council flat to a council house with a lump sum in my pocket due to a berievment. Will I be able to buy as soon as I get into my new house as I am staying with same council ?

  53. Shane ScrivenerShane Scrivener

    I have owned a council property for 9 years , are the council actively buying back any council properties under the 1st refusal 10year policy, if I wish to sell it within the ten year period?

  54. xhemil ferizixhemil ferizi

    Hello to you
    I have been living with camden council house for 3 years When I move in 2013 they told me after five years you have the right to apply to buy it.
    Would you be able to let me know as soon as possible please and if I am eligible right to buy after three years can let me know please

  55. SoniSoni

    Once I have bought my Council property, can I rent it out during the first 5 year period?

  56. Wendy clnkWendy clnk

    Can I buy my council house,lived in it for twenty years, then let it out?
    In Scotland a reply to this question would be appreciated please

  57. MoksMoks

    Im thinking of buying my council can I rent it out within the 5 year period? –

  58. Leanne mappleyLeanne mappley

    Can i rent the property out once i have purchased it?

  59. D BellD Bell

    Can you rent it out once you have bought

  60. LeonLeon

    I have had my house valued twice before and I am on the 3rd time at the moment but can’t get the money till the end of the year and I have 6 weeks to get back to them is this my final chance or can I still do it after this time expires? Many thanks

  61. sharon Stanleysharon Stanley

    My Uncles have lived in a property for over 40 years. Just bought the property in Dec 2014, One of my Uncles died in February, the other Uncle has had to go into a residential care home with dementia will we have to sell the home back to the council how does this work?

  62. Miss ryeMiss rye

    I have lived in estauryHousing Association for 16 years I like to find out if I’m eligible to buy it.

  63. kelkel

    hi does anybody know the discount on buying your council house lived in this house 29 years but having no luck to the discount .just need rough idea as been told so many different prices.need to find somebody that has purchased one.many thanks

  64. Sarah ashmanSarah ashman

    My father has had council property for 45 year he’s wanting to buy for grandson as he lives with him would he be able to buy with help off his daughter as this has been his home for 40 year and what discount is he entitled to thanks x

  65. roseblumeroseblume

    This is for the likes of sour individuals like @Matt. Thankfully the decision doesn’t rest with you and I hope that Paul B is successful in renting out his rightfully deserved council flat and is able to move on with his family to larger premises. I detect a bit of the green-eyed monster Matt. Horrible of you to wish someone else ill in such a way.

  66. LauraLaura

    I had a council property for 3 years. Then moved to housing association for 12 years and am in the process of swapping back to a council home with the intention of buying. Will all the years I’ve been in both properties count towards a discount when using right to buy?

  67. MattMatt

    To add to my post Paul you said council relocation takes forever….do you not think this is a direct factor as to why the council rehouse you quick enough?

  68. MattMatt

    Re: Paul B. Why are still living in a one bedroom flat with 3 kids, you are overcrowded yet you’re asking to buy it so you can rent it out immediately? I think that is very greedy as you are cashing in on a property you are not even eligible for….the reason we have this housing crisis to begin with. I hope you are refused personally!

  69. Mr m s jMr m s j

    My council flat has been over priced what can I do

  70. Paul BPaul B

    If i buy my one bed flat from the council and bearing i have a partner and 3 kids leaving there also, can i buy it and rent it out straight away as its too small.
    will i be penalized for doing so. relocation would have been ideal but it takes forever!!


  71. Mr toleMr tole

    I am 68 can I still buy my counsel flag,been in it twenty years.

  72. DannyDanny

    Hi – a little advice needed.
    I’m looking to buy my council house – we’ve been here for just over 3 years but I lived with my parents in a council house for 18 years – can I use this time as part of my application?
    Thanks in advance

  73. LeeLee

    My mother has been living in her council house for almost 50 years. About 23 years ago the council added a downstairs bedroom and bathroom as my mother became disabled. Will she be able to buy the house?

    Many thanks

  74. ArjetaArjeta

    I bought my council flat nearly 2 years, can I rent it out within the 2 year period?

  75. parminderparminder

    I have been living in my council house for the last 12 years,but due to illness I had to leave work,but if my daughters work can they help me buy.

  76. smithsmith

    can you rent your council house in the first two years

  77. SaraSara

    Hi I am wondering if any one could help me . My grandfather has been a council tenant for over 50 years so he is entitled to the highest discount .Me and my husband would like to buy the house to keep it in the family – would this be possible to buy it with he’s discount ?? Many thanks

  78. Helen JonesHelen Jones

    I have 30 years in one council property and 10 years in another council property what discount will i get

  79. Andrew FitzgeraldAndrew Fitzgerald

    I have lived with my parents in this house since 1985 I became the tenant after my mother died in 2014. Could I get a smaller discount when this is taken in to consideration.

  80. Jane GordonJane Gordon

    I have been a tenent for 30 years how much discount would i get .

  81. beverley marshallbeverley marshall

    i,ve been a council tenant for 30 years.20 years with one council and 10 years with another wot discount will i get?as i want to buy my council house.

  82. james waltonjames walton

    what sort of deposit would be required.I am buying my property of the council,it works out at approx 53,000(a flat).Could anyone help with my query.Also has anyone RTB through Barclays,as they are who i bank with

    thanks for any help

  83. DeeDee

    Hi im disabled in a disabled bunglow 27 years
    Council tenant
    Can i buy my disabled bunglow

  84. joejoe

    @phil Fryer I woudl go for an appointment at your local citizens advice in some cases they can talk to the council direct or negotiate on your behalf.

  85. H GrayH Gray

    Im thinking of buying my council can I rent it out within the 5 year period?

  86. Jaime GouveiaJaime Gouveia

    I am a counsil tenant for over 15 years.
    Can i buy the flat?
    Where do i find the value of the property?
    Thank you.

  87. Suzanne healeySuzanne healey

    Thinking of purchasing my council house but finding it a bit confusing as to where to start

  88. David BealDavid Beal

    Once I have bought my Council property, can I rent it out during the first 5 year period?

  89. Ismail BeqaIsmail Beqa

    hi there,
    I have been living in this council house for about 4 years and 8 months and I was wondering if I have the right to apply to buy it.
    Would you be able to let me know as soon as possible please and if I am eligible can you send me the forms please.

  90. phil Fryerphil Fryer

    after renting for over 15 years and at the age of 55 i decided to buy my flat, over 7 years it would be paid off, however dec 2014 the bank that i had worked for decided to end my employment after 12 years on the grounds of capability i have a lower back problem that is being managed but thats another story…. i cannot find and help any where for people in my position,,, no job,,, less than 10% likely hood of ever having one again and no where to go. I thought i would retire after 42 years of working ‘so far’ with a nice flat and inheritance for my children and no debts,, now i will be evicted within the next 6 months and have a ccj for a loan i cannot pay and no where to live. i will make it to the end of 2 years into my right to buy. if i sell ill be making myself homeless so the council will not re-home me, if i don’t sell it will be repossessed after a lengthy time in which the bank will load it up with sol fees, home visit charges and non payment charges. so i will lose any value left at all. I am very very scared… can any one advise..

  91. Jane MarshallJane Marshall

    Useful guide, but you haven’t covered the Right to Acquire scheme. Although it is very similar the discounts are considerably smaller.
    Question. Can a Social Landlord selling a freehold property under the RTA scheme include a service charge in the lease when the property is a house, not a flat or maisonette?

    Thank you

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