Right to Acquire
Right to Acquire allows housing association tenants to buy their current home at a discount. You can apply to buy your home if you have held an assured tenancy, in your own name, with us for three years or more. Discounts for this scheme are set by the Government and are between £9,000 and £16,000 depending on where you live.
For example, if you live in a three-bedroom house in Chelmsford valued at £350,000 and you qualify to receive the maximum discount of £13,500 you would pay £336,500 for your home.
You can visit the GOV.UK website to find out the discounts in your area. Your discount might be reduced if you’ve used Right to Acquire or Right to Buy before.
Your home is exempt from Right to Acquire if:
- We do not own the freehold of your home and our lease on a flat is less than 50 years in term;
- It is particularly suitable for elderly or disabled people, including those where support is provided;
- It is being provided as temporary accommodation;
- It is due to be demolished within 24 months;
- It is within a ‘designated rural area’ by order of the Secretary of State;
- Your home was not built, or purchased with public funds.
We strongly recommend that you read all the information available to you to help you decide whether you would like to buy your home. On the right-hand side of this page you can find some ‘useful documents’ that you should read. You may also find our frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page helpful.
The GOV.UK website contains lots of useful information about Right to Acquire.
As you are responsible for financing the purchase of your own home it is a good idea to seek advice from a financial advisor. For free, impartial, advice about money, please contact The Money Advice Service on 0800 138 7777.
If you would like more information about buying your home through the Right to Acquire scheme, please complete the form below and we will send you our pre-qualification pack. This pack includes an approximate market value of your home, to help you decide if this scheme is right for you.
How much is my home worth?
We value our homes every year, so we will give you an estimated price that you can use as a rough guide to help you decide if you can afford to buy. If you decide to go ahead with your Right to Acquire application (RTA1) and it is agreed by us, we will then arrange for your property to be valued by an independent valuation company.
We will ask you what, if any, improvements you have made to your home and pass this information to the valuer who will assess the market value of your home as if the improvements have not taken place.
We will then write to you with an offer notice stating the current full market value, less the discount you are entitled to, which will be the amount you will have to pay to buy your home.
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