Voluntary Right To Buy

Voluntary Right to Buy has not yet been launched and we are awaiting details of the scheme to be announced by the Government.

As soon as we have information about Voluntary Right to Buy, we will update this page. 

Frequently Asked Questions are below:

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Voluntary Right to Buy

  1. Has the EU referendum result affected Voluntary Right to Buy?

    The Government has confirmed it is standing behind its manifesto commitments, including extending Right to Buy level discounts to housing association tenants, so they too can have the opportunity to buy a home with a Right to Buy discount. 

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  2. How can I register my interest?

    You can register your interest on the Government’s website, righttobuy.gov.uk

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  3. If I currently have shared ownership, can I purchase my house?

    If you are a shared owner you are not eligible for Voluntary Right to Buy, but you can talk to us about buying a further share of your home. 

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  4. If I’m eligible, will I be able to buy the home I’m living in now?

    Tenants who meet the Government’s eligibility criteria will be entitled to a Voluntary Right to Buy discount and, in most cases, we expect that tenants will be able to use their discount to buy the home that they live in. 
    However, there may be cases where housing associations cannot sell that particular home. Each housing association will publish its individual policy outlining which homes would be sold and which wouldn’t, and why, nearer the date of the scheme launch. 

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  5. What is Voluntary Right to Buy?

    The Government committed in the last General Election to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants. Housing associations offered to voluntarily work with the  Government to make this a reality. Since then, we have been working together to agree how this new offer will work in practice. 
    For updates or more information about the scheme, tenants can sign up for updates from the Government or contact the Right to Buy Agent service at righttobuy.gov.uk.

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  6. When will Voluntary Right to Buy start?

    The start date for the national Voluntary Right to Buy scheme has not yet been confirmed.  
    The Government has confirmed that there will be a regional pilot of Voluntary Right to Buy. 
    We’re awaiting further details from the Government on the location of the pilot and the eligibility criteria for tenants, and will update on these details as soon as possible. 
    To receive the latest progress updates from the Government, sign up at www.righttobuy.gov.uk

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  7. Who can I speak to if I have any other questions about Voluntary Right to Buy?

    You can visit righttobuy.gov.uk to speak to one of the Government’s Right to Buy Agents or sign up for emails. 

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  8. Why are housing associations doing Voluntary Right to Buy?

    The Government made an election manifesto commitment to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants and was voted in by the public to do this. Housing associations agreed to work with the Government to deliver it voluntarily as this addresses concerns we had about aspects of a statutory scheme. For example, it will allow us to replace the homes sold and protects certain, hard-to-replace homes from being sold. 

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  9. Why do we still not know who will be eligible/when the scheme will start?

    At the moment, the scheme is being tested through pilots and the detail is being worked through to make sure the new scheme works as well as possible.  
    The Government will, in due course, finalise the tenant eligibility criteria and when the national scheme will start. You can sign up for updates or contact the Right to Buy Agent service with questions by visiting the Government’s website, righttobuy.gov.uk 

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  10. Why is the scheme called "Voluntary"?

    The Government made an election manifesto commitment to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants and was voted in by the public to do this. Housing associations agreed to work with the Government to deliver it voluntarily as this addresses concerns around supply and independence of the sector. For example, it will allow us to replace the homes sold and protects certain, hard-to-replace homes from being sold. 

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  11. Will Voluntary Right to Buy mean we lose social/affordable housing?

    A key part of housing associations’ agreement with the Government is that, because they will get full compensation for each home they sell, they will replace every home sold with another affordable home and continue boosting the nation’s housing supply. Housing associations have, in previous years, delivered 40% of all new homes in the country. 

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