How to Apply
We can give you general information, explain the procedure and help you fill out forms.
This service is free. Once you get the offer of sale notice and are ready to buy the property you should contact a Solicitor to help you with the legal papers.
Your first step is to ask us for a right to buy claim form (RTB1). Fill it in and send it to us. We will then send you a notice (form RTB2) telling you whether you have the right to buy. You should get this within 4 weeks of sending the claim form to us. If we say that you don't have the right to buy we must tell you why.
You can obtain a right to buy claim form (RTB1) the following ways -
If we tell you that you do have the right to buy we send you another notice (the S125 notice) telling you the price you have to pay and the terms of the sale. We will send this to you within 8 weeks from the date of the RTB2 notice if your home is a house, and within 12 weeks if your home is a flat or maisonette.
After we have sent you the S125 notice you have 12 weeks to tell us whether you want to go ahead with buying your home. If you do not tell us within this time we will send you a reminder. If you do not tell us your decision within 28 days of getting this reminder we will cancel your application.
If you think our valuation of your home is wrong then you can ask the district valuer to give an independent valuation. You must make your appeal within 12 weeks from date of the S125 notice. The district valuer's decision is final, whether it is higher or lower than our valuation.
If you want to buy the property you will need a solicitor to tell you about the legal details. If you don't know a solicitor then ask your building society or bank to recommend one. Ask for an estimate of their charges before you decide on a solicitor.
You should get an independent survey from a surveyor or structural engineer. The survey your bank or building society gets will only be for the valuation, and may not tell you about structural faults in the property.
If you are happy about the terms of sale and have arranged to borrow the money, you can buy your home.