Guide to Conveyancing: Right to Buy Properties


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Are you thinking about buying a council house or other ‘right to buy’ property? Our Residential Conveyancing team can help you through the process. Read our guide to find out more…

If you are a council tenant, or a tenant in a former council property that has been transferred to housing association ownership, you may be eligible to purchase your home from the council or housing association at a discounted rate. Our guide will help you to understand whether you qualify for the right to buy your council house. If you do qualify, and you decide to go ahead with the purchase, our team will be happy to help you through the process. See our Guide to Buying a Property for more information.

1. Eligibility

To be eligible for the Right to Buy, you must have been a secure council tenant, or a tenant in a property transferred from council to housing association ownership, for two years (or five years if you became a tenant after 18/1/05). There are exceptions, however. You can find out more about these exceptions and whether you qualify on the gov.uk website (link opens in a new window).

2. Applying for the Right to Buy

If you are eligible for the Right to Buy, you still need to submit an application. You can download an application form from the gov.uk website (link opens in new window).

3. What happens next?

If it is decided that you have the right to purchase your property, you will be sent details of the price of the property, the discount you are entitled to and the terms and conditions of the sale. You will also receive information about likely improvement costs and any possible structural problems. It is a good idea to commission a survey to check the condition of the property. You must make a decision within twelve weeks of receiving these details.

4. The purchase

The actual process of buying a ‘Right to Buy’ property is very similar to buying a property on the open market. The landlord’s solicitors (usually the Local Authority) will prepare the papers for the sale and the purchase will proceed as outlined in our Guide to Buying a Property. However, some Local Authorities only complete sales on a particular day of the week. You should be aware that you will pay rent on the property right up until the date of completion.


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  • LFS Conveyancing Awards	2016 - Highly Commended - Regional Conveyancer of the Year
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What our clients say…

With all the ups and downs of our sale, you guys were always there, professionally and efficiently making things work for us. We both really appreciate the level of service you provided. I wish you all the success in the future, as you deserve. Thank you.

JW & KW

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