Right to Buy

The Right to Buy scheme provides most council tenants with the opportunity to buy their home at a price lower than the full market value. The length of time spent as a public sector tenant or in armed forces occupation may entitle you to a discount.

Who can buy?

You are likely to have the Right to Buy if you are a secure tenant (most of our tenants hold a secure tenancy).

If your secure tenancy was in existence before 18th January 2005, or you were a public sector tenant before 18th January 2005 (and have been a public sector tenant continuously since that time) you do not have the Right to Buy until you have spent at least two years as a public sector tenant. For anyone else, you do not have the Right to Buy until you have spent at least five years as a public sector tenant.

Use the tool on GOV.UK Right to Buy (opens new window) to find out if you can apply.

The costs involved

Buying your home is probably the biggest financial decision you will ever make. Take time to consider the costs involved, the responsibilities of owning a home and the risks if you do not keep up payments. To help you with this decision, we have produced a booklet Thinking of Buying your Council Home (PDF, 205Kb). This booklet will be issued to all secure tenants and is a guide on the responsibilities of home ownership. 

Beware of Right to Buy sellers

Sometimes companies contact tenants promoting the Right to Buy and offering to help them buy their council home by providing a mortgage and legal services. The Council is concerned that tenants who accept their offers may be talked into financial deals and commitments that they had not bargained for and cannot afford. At the very least, tenants may be paying for some services that they are entitled to free of charge.

Before making a commitment, investigate all options available. Information is provided in our pack that will help with your decision.

Demolition Notices

For information on Current Demolition Notices (opens new window).

For help and advice

If you are thinking of buying your council home, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF,145Kb) which will provide more information. If you need any help or advice please contact: Paulina Malinowska, Home Ownership Officer on 01449 724753 or email paulina.malinowska@midsuffolk.gov.uk

For further information on the Right to Buy scheme visit GOV.UK Right to Buy (opens new window).

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