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Housing association tenants

Ex-council homes (Preserved Right to Buy)

Most housing association tenants do not have the Right to Buy. But if you were a secure council tenant and were living in your home when it was transferred from your council to another landlord, like a housing association, then you may have a ‘Preserved’ Right to Buy.

This only applies if you were living in your home when it was transferred. It can also apply if you then move to another property owned by the new landlord. But it does not apply if you move to a property owned by a different landlord.

If you have the Preserved Right to Buy, then you can buy your home under the scheme in the same way as if you were still a council tenant. Your landlord will be able to tell you whether you have the Preserved Right to Buy or you can use our handy eligibility quiz.

Right to Acquire

If you don’t have a preserved Right to Buy you may still be able to purchase your property at a smaller discount under another scheme called Right to Acquire. This might change – you can sign up here to get updates on any changes as well as information about other government housing schemes.

You can find more details about Right to Acquire here and you can discuss whether you are eligible for this scheme with your landlord.

Voluntary Right to Buy pilot

The government, in partnership with the National Housing Federation, have launched a £200m pilot of the Voluntary Right to Buy across the Midlands. Eligible housing association tenants in the East and West Midlands will be able to register for a place on the pilot, with those who are successful given the opportunity to buy their home at a Right to Buy level discount. Given the fixed budget, the government is only able to fund a limited number of places through the pilot. To give everyone an equal chance to participate, places on the pilot will be allocated by a ballot.

The ballot for the Voluntary Right to Buy Midlands pilot has now closed. No further entries will be accepted. Tenants who registered have been notified of the results by email, and all Unique Reference Numbers – enabling tenants who were successful in the ballot to apply to their housing association to buy their home – have been issued.

Information for housing associations

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have been working jointly with housing associations and the National Housing Federation (NHF) to produce guidance to support housing associations in the Midlands in preparing for and operating the pilot scheme.

The guidance is available on the NHF website.

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Housing association tenants

If you’re a housing association tenant currently not eligible for Right to Buy, you can get updates on changes that might affect you by signing up here.

Contact us

For free, friendly, impartial advice contact the Government's Right to Buy Agent service. Our advisers are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm (except bank holidays). Please remember to give the name of your landlord in any correspondence.