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Right to Buy

What happens to applications?

Following receipt of your application form, we will send an acknowledgement by post. We will also arrange a time to visit you at your home as part of the verification process.

The Council needs to ensure that its properties are not bought by fraudulent means and that it is not involved in any financial transaction that could amount to its handling the proceeds of crime (money laundering). We will aim to detect fraud in accordance with the methods outlined by the National Fraud Initiative. Please refer to our Right to buy policy for more information regarding preventing fraud and money laundering.

Usually within four weeks of receipt of an application form and all supporting evidence, a letter is sent confirming your Right to Buy or rejecting your application.

An offer letter confirming your details and the purchase price is sent within eight weeks of this if it is a house, or twelve weeks if it is a flat or maisonette.

The tenant then has three months to decide whether to accept the offer or not. If accepted, the sale will proceed to the final stage, known as 'conveyancing', and the purchase will be completed.

Last modified on 12 January 2024

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