Right to buy scheme
Secure tenants of Basildon Council can buy their council home through the right to buy scheme subject to certain conditions.
Your Right to Buy Your Home
As a Basildon Council tenant can I apply to buy my home? Yes, if you are a Basildon Borough Council secure tenant. Basildon Council will process your application for you. There are costs involved in purchasing your home that we are unable to help you with such as:
- mortgage repayments
- leaseholder charges
- building insurance
- repairs and maintenance.
You may also be charged fees for the necessary services of solicitors, valuers and surveyors.
Before you consider purchasing we recommend you find out the price of similar properties in your area.
You can find out prices from the Land Registry web site (House prices). You may have to pay a small fee for this information.
Our fact sheet The Right To Buy Scheme [77kb] gives more detailed information.
Who has the right to buy?
If you are a secure tenant you can usually buy your home through the right to buy scheme subject to certain condition.
If you have been a secure tenant since before 18 January 2005, you may have the right to buy.
For anyone else, you do not have the right to but until you have been a public-sector tenant (not a private tenant) for at least five years.
Previous public sector tenancies may also be taken into account, along with certain other criteria you will have to meet.
To find out more contact our Home Ownership Team who will be happy to discuss with your eligibility with you.
If you are eligible, you will qualify for a discount. The discount will be based upon the current market value of your home. If you are buying a house, discount starts at:
- 30% for houses rising by 1% for each year you have been a tenant to a maximum of 60%
- 40% for a flat rising by 2% for each year you have been a tenant to a maximum of 70%
Your discount cannot be greater than the maximum discount for Basildon borough which is £75,000 .
If major repairs or improvements have been made to your home in the recent past the purchase price may be affected. The discount may also be affected if you have previously purchased with a discount. .
How do I apply?
For further information see: Department for Communities and Local Government, 'Your Right To Buy' website
If you are interested in buying your home contact our Homeownership Team .
MOST IMPORTANT, OUR SERVICE IS FREE
Please remember that our service is free, so beware of firms or individuals asking for a fee.
You can also obtain information from the Department for Communities and Local Government, 'Your Right Tp Buy' website ,where you can download an information booklet filled with useful advice and information. This booklet is available in a number of different languages.
Further valuable information and application forms can be found on the GOV.UK website, see GOV.UK - Right to Buy: buying your council home.