Right to Buy

Right to Buy allows most council tenants to buy their council home at a discount.

You can get a discount on the market value of your home when you buy it if you qualify for Right to Buy. The maximum discount is published annually, one amount for England and one for London Boroughs. It will increase each year in April in line with the consumer price index (CPI).

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 house,
  • the value of your home.

If you’re buying with someone else, you count the years of whoever’s been a public sector tenant the longest. You will usually have to repay some or all your discount if you sell your home within five-years. You might get a smaller discount if you’ve used Right to Buy in the past. Find out the latest discount and more information from the GOV.UK (opens in a new window) website.



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