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Things that affect discount amount

Previous discounts – if one or more of the applicants has previously benefited from a discounted sale on another property, either with your current landlord or with another public sector landlord, this will be deducted from the discount amount. If the previous discounted sale was shared, a proportion of the discount they received is deducted for each party who is joining in the current application.

Cost floor rule – Your discount may be reduced by the ‘cost floor’ rule. This may apply if your home has recently been purchased or built by your landlord or they have spent money on repairing or maintaining it.

Your discount could be reduced to nil if the cost floor is more than the discount. If this happens, you would pay the full market value for your home.

The cost floor period for council properties is either:

  • the 10 year period prior to receipt of the RTB application form: or
  • 15 years if your home was built or acquired by your landlord after 2 April 2012

If you are buying under the Preserved Right to Buy, the cost floor period is 15 years regardless of when it was built or acquired.

Contact us

For free, friendly, impartial advice contact the Government's Right to Buy Agent service. Our advisers are available Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. Please remember to give the name of your landlord in any correspondence.

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