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Working out your discount under the Right to Buy scheme

If you have been a council tenant for more than 3 years, or were living in your home when the council transferred it to another landlord, you may be eligible buy your home under the Right to Buy scheme at a discount.

Now you could get 70% off the price of your house or flat. This could mean tens of thousands of pounds off the purchase price of your home, up to a maximum discount of £77,000 or £102,700 if you live in London.

More than 22,500 tenants have become homeowners since the discounts were increased in 2012 so this could be the ideal time to consider whether buying your home is the right choice for you.

The longer you have been a tenant, the bigger the discount you get off the market value of your home.  Discount levels for houses and flats are worked out differently. All discounts start at 3 years of eligible tenancy.

House

If you live in a house, you could get a discount of between 35% and 70% of its value, up to a maximum of £77,000 (or £102,700 in London), whichever is lower.

Discounts start at 35% for 3 years’ tenancy. Add 1% for each extra year of tenancy beyond 5 years (so 10 years tenancy = 40% discount, 20 years = 50%).

Flat

If you live in a flat, you could get a discount of between 50% and 70% of its value, up to a maximum of £77,000 (or £102,700 in London), whichever is lower.

Discounts start at 50% for 3 years’ tenancy. Add 2% for each extra year of tenancy beyond 5 years (so 10 years tenancy = 60% discount, 15 years = 70%).

Discount examples_combined September 2014

Click here for a handy Right to Buy Calculator. It’ll help you work out the discount you could receive.

You could also check out local estate agents and property websites to get a rough idea of what your property could be worth.

Remember, buying is a big decision, and you should always get financial and legal advice before deciding whether to make your home your own. Take a look at our ‘Can I afford it?’ page which gives an overview of other costs you will need to consider.

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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