The right to buy or acquire your home
If you rent your home from the council or a housing association, you may be eligible to buy it.
Warning If the council sold your home to a housing association while you were living in it
You could have the preserved right to buy if you were a council tenant when your home transferred to a housing association. This offers a larger discount.
Preserved Right to Buy (Own Your Home) Getting a mortgage
If you have the legal right to buy your home, you will need to think about how you can afford it. This usually means getting a mortgage.
The discount available for council properties under the Right to Buy scheme is usually much higher than for housing association homes under the Right to Acquire scheme. The government and local authorities set these discounts.
Mortgage affordability and benefits Warning Wales and Scotland do not have Right to Buy or Right to Acquire schemes
These schemes closed in 2019.
Council homes and the Right to Buy
You may be eligible to buy your home under a discount under Right to Buy if you either:
have been a tenant of the local council for more than 3 years or were living in your home when the council transferred it to another landlord Right to Buy (Own Your Home) gives you advice on: if you're eligible how much of a discount you may be entitled to working out the costs of the scheme getting a mortgage Speak to a Right to Buy adviser (GOV.UK) Discounts available on the Right to Buy scheme
If you're eligible for Right to Buy, you could be entitled to a discount of up to 70% or £82,800 (£110,500 if you live in a London borough).
Your discount depends on:
how long you've lived in the property if the property is in or outside London if it's a house or a flat The Right to Buy calculator will help you work out what discount you could get. Housing association homes and the Right to Acquire
The law says that to be eligible for the Right to Acquire scheme, both of the following must apply to you:
your home was built after 1997 and was funded by the government you have been a tenant of the housing association or council for more than 3 years
Your housing association will know if your home is eligible.
Right to Acquire (GOV.UK) Contact Citizens Advice to get advice. Discounts available on the Right to Acquire scheme
You can get a discount of £9,000 to £16,000. This depends on where you live.
Right to Acquire discounts by location (GOV.UK) Other home buying schemes
Some housing associations run a shared ownership scheme through Social HomeBuy. Ask your housing association if they are part of this scheme.
Shared ownership can be a good option for some people, but there are some risks.
Shared ownership (Unbiased)
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