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Right to Buy or acquire (RTB/RTA)

Extension of Right to Buy to Housing Associations

On the 24th September the National Housing Federation (NHF) announced that it had made an offer to work with the Government on the extension of the Right to Buy (RtB) to Housing Association tenants. The NHF suggested that Housing Associations voluntarily agree to implement the RtB rather than legislate it. Midland Heart voted in favour of the Voluntary Right to Buy (VRtB).

When we have further updates regarding the VRTB we will ensure this is captured on our website. If you have *registered your interest for the VRTB then we will hold your details and contact you when we receive confirmation that the VRTB will be rolled out.

*This service has been temporarily closed and will unavailable until the government confirm a go-live date

The Government has appointed Move with Us as agents to provide free and independent advice on the Right to Buy. Their Right to Buy Agents can help with questions regarding eligibility, filling out your application form, where you can get financial and legal advice and what to do if your application is delayed. They can also send you information packs and application forms. They can be contacted on 0300 123 0913 or their website: righttobuy.communities.gov.uk/am-i-eligible where you can complete a contact form or you can email enquiry@righttobuyagent.org.uk.

If you think you are eligible and feel ready to apply for the Right to Buy, you need to fill out the Right to Buy form 

Do I have the Right to Buy?

Some secure tenants of local authorities have the Right to Buy (RTB) their homes at a discount. If we take over any properties where a customer has the RTB at the time of transfer then the customer brings this right with them, which is known as Preserved Right to Buy (PRTB).

The PRTB applies to rented properties for secure customers from a non charitable organisation. If you can answer ‘yes’ to the questions below then you may be able to purchase your home through this scheme:

  • Was your property originally owned by a local authority and transferred to us or another organisation while you were a secure tenant?
  • Do you have a Secure (not Assured) Tenancy?
  • Is the property your only or principal home?
  • Do you have a minimum of 3 years as a secure tenant (this does not have to be with the same Housing Association and can include time spent as a secure tenant of a local authority and the Armed Forces)?

You will be unable to proceed with the purchase if any of the below apply to you:

  • You have been bankrupt, have an IVA or debt order
  • You have any outstanding possession orders
  • Your property is particularly suitable for the elderly or disabled
  • Your property is due for demolition

Do I have the Right to Acquire?

The Right to Acquire (RTA) applies to properties which we received funding for and were built after 1997.

To qualify for the RTA your situation will need to match the following.

  • Your tenancy must be secure or assured.
  • Your property must have been built or purchased on or after 1 April 1997.
  • Your property must have been built using funding (known as a Social Housing Grant) provided by the housing corporation or local authority. This would need to be confirmed by ourselves.
  • The property must be your only or principal home.

You will be unable to proceed with the purchase if any of the below apply to you.

  • You have been bankrupt, have an IVA or debt order
  • You have any outstanding possession orders
  • Your property is particularly suitable for the elderly or disabled
  • Your property is due for demolition