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 3 years public sector tenancy in either Council or Housing Association property
If you can answer ‘yes’ to all of these then 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 tenancy you have in total.
Latest Right to Buy information
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak we are currently unable to arrange valuations for applicants of the Right to Buy scheme. Once normal service is resumed all valuations will commence and will reflect the value of your property as at the date your application was received in our office.
Your discount entitlement will also remain set at the same date to comply with the legislation governing the Right to Buy scheme (Housing Act 1985).
Those tenants wishing to freeze their applications until further notice, should inform us via email (see below). All other applications will be subject to unavoidable delays but we will do our best to continue processing as best we can in the circumstances.
For the foreseeable future can all tenants who wish to contact the Right to Buy team please do so by email only at - RTB@nottinghamcity.gov.uk
Telephone and answerphone messages will not be responded to at this time but all staff are monitoring emails.
Please note that our drop-in sessions are also cancelled until further notice. This is for the safety of both our tenants and our staff.
Section 120 & Schedule 5 of the Housing Act 1985 – As of the 21st June 2017, we are no longer able to 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.
We are currently experiencing delays at various stages of the Right to Buy process.
If you have:
- Sent in an application form more than 4 weeks ago and 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 8 weeks ago (if you are buying a house) 12 weeks ago (if you are buying a flat or maisonette) but not yet received the formal offer letter or
- Have accepted the offer to purchase by returning the Notice of Intention form more than 4 weeks ago
Follow the link below for more information on what to do during a delay in the Right to Buy process.
Right To Buy Legislation Information
On 21 July 2014 the Housing (Right to Buy) Order 2014 came into force and 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 2019 to 2020, the relevant September 2018 CPI figure is 2.4 % and the new maximum discounts will be:
Outside London: £82,800
These discounts will apply to applications which are served on the landlord by the tenant on or after 6 April 2019.
The discounts do not apply retrospectively to applications made before 6 April 2019.
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
- Email the Nottingham City Councils Right to Buy team at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call the Nottingham City Councils Right to Buy team between 8:30 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday, on 0115 876 4385
- Visit the Nottingham City Councils Right to Buy drop-in sessions held at Loxley House every Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10 am and 11 am, no appointment required (please note: visitors outside these times will require an appointment)