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What is the right to Buy Scheme?

You could buy the Council home you are currently renting at a discounted price if you:

  • You are a secure tenant
  • Live at the property as your main home
  • Have a total of at least three years of public sector tenancy in either Council or Housing Association property

If you can answer ‘yes’ to all of these, you are entitled to apply for the Right to Buy your Council home.

The amount of discount you get is mainly worked out on the type of property you are currently renting and how many years of tenancy you have in total.

To download the application form, Right to Buy booklet, and other information, please use the links below:

Latest Right to Buy information

  • All tenants who wish to contact the Right to Buy team, please email RTB Nottinghamcity.
  • Telephone and answerphone messages will not be responded to, but all staff monitor emails. 
  • Please note that our drop-in sessions are also cancelled until further notice. 
  • You may submit new applications or documents as requested to the Right to Buy Department

We advise using recorded delivery when submitting forms or documents to us as we cannot acknowledge receipt of all mail received, and the recorded delivery service offers the sender a tracking service.

Right to Buy scheme for Victoria Centre tenants.

Section 120 & Schedule 5 of the Housing Act 1985 – We can no longer accept new applications for the Right to Buy scheme for Victoria Centre tenants. This is due to the lease life remaining being 50 years or less.

This does not affect your right to buy should you become the tenant of another property in the future, subject to the qualifying criteria of the Right to Buy scheme at that time.

Delays Notice

We are experiencing delays at all stages of the Right to Buy process. We suggest that you only obtain a mortgage offer in principle and do not pay any mortgage fees before you accept our offer to purchase. Mortgage offers in writing have expiry dates, and we cannot guarantee that we can complete the property sale within the usual timescales.

You can action the delay procedure if you meet one of the criteria below.

If you have:

  • Sent in an application form more than four weeks ago and have not yet had a response informing you that your application has been admitted or denied or
  • Have received the blue RTB2 form saying you have been admitted the right to buy more than eight weeks ago (if you are buying a house) or 12 weeks ago (if you are purchasing a flat or maisonette) but have not yet received the formal offer letter or
  • Have accepted the offer to purchase by returning the Notice of Intention form more than four weeks ago.

More information.

Right To Buy Legislation Information

The Housing (Right to Buy) Order 2014 provided that the maximum right to buy discounts would increase in line with the percentage change in the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) from the September before the previous year to the September of the previous year. 

This increase takes effect on 6 April each year.

In respect of the financial year 2022 to 2023, the relevant September 2021 CPI figure is 3.1%, and the new maximum discounts will be:

  • London: £127,940
  • Outside London: £96,010

These discounts will apply to applications that are served on the landlord by the tenant on or after 6 April 2023.

The discounts do not apply retrospectively to applications made before 6 April 2022

Find more information on the Right to Buy Scheme

  • Visit the Government's Right to Buy website
  • Ring 0300 123 0913 to speak to a Government Right to Buy agent.

More Information can be found by download following documents

Contact Us

The Right to Buy Department
Nottingham City Council
Loxley House
Station Street


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