Buy your council home

If you are a secure tenant, you may have the right to buy your home from us.

Under the `Right to Buy` scheme, you may be able to buy your home at a price lower than the full market value. You may be entitled to a discount depending on the length of time you have been a tenant.

You may qualify if:

  • you have been a secure or public sector tenant for three years
  • you live in a house or bungalow which is not specifically designated for residents over the age of 65 (freehold)
  • you live in a flat  (option of buying a 125 year lease)

The property's value will depend on its size, and the market value of properties in the area. The amount of discount offered is capped at £80,900. 

If you share part of your home with other properties (e.g. stairwell in a block of flats), you will usually have to pay a yearly service charge.

If you want to sell your home again within five years, you will have to repay some of the discount given:

First yearThe whole discount will be repayable
Second year4/5 four fifths of the discount will be repayable
Third year3/5 three fifths of the discount will b repayable
Fourth year2/5 two fifths of the discount will be repayable
Fifth year1/5 one fifth of the discount will be repayable
Sixth yearNo repayment required

​The amounts to be repaid will be based on the resale value of the property and will not include the value of any improvements. There are some exemptions allowed - for example if the property is staying in the same family.