Right to Buy

Our Right to Buy scheme helps tenants buy their council home at a discount

If you have been a council or public sector tenant for five years (it doesn’t have to be five years in a row) you can apply for Right to Buy.

Public sector tenants are people living in a property owned by the council, a housing association, the armed services or a public body like an NHS trust.

You can make a joint Right to Buy application with someone who shares the tenancy with you, or with members of your family if they've lived with you for the past 12 months.

You can't buy through the scheme if:

  • The property is not your main home
  • The property is not self-contained (has a shared kitchen or bathroom)
  • There is a court order saying you must leave your home
  • You are an 'undischarged bankrupt'
  • You are being declared bankrupt
  • You owe money to creditors

Some properties, like those suitable for older people, will not be sold through Right to Buy. 

Right to Buy discounts

If you buy your home under the Right to Buy scheme you will get a discount and pay less than the market value.

The amount of discount you get is based on how long you have been a tenant, where you live and the type of property you are buying.

If you have already had a discount to help you buy a council home, this may be taken off your Right to Buy discount. 

How to apply

To apply for a Right to Buy your home you must fill out this application form. Send it back to us by post or email. You must remember to sign it otherwise we can't accept your application.

The Right to Buy website has a handy checklist that tells you if you are able to use this scheme. There is also a Right to Buy calculator to help you decide if you can afford to buy your home.