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Right to buy

Conditions and limits


Tenants can apply to buy their Council home if:

  • it's your principal or primary residence
  • it's self-contained
  • you're a secure tenant
  • you've been a public sector tenant for at least three years
  • you do not live in sheltered accommodation


There are certain limits to the amount of discount that can be made to the purchase price of your home.  These are:

  • cost floor - this allows the council to reduce the discount applied to reflect what they have spent on building, buying, repairing, or improving your home during the last 10-11 years before the tenant applies to buy
  • previous purchases - where a tenant has previously bought another council property, any discount that was awarded at that time will usually be deducted from the discount awarded when applying to buy again

Last updated Monday, 27th March 2017

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