Right to Buy

You can apply to buy your home under the Right to Buy scheme if:

  • it’s your only or main home
  • it’s self-contained
  • you’re a secure tenant
  • you’ve had a Harlow Council tenancy for 3 years

You do not have to buy the property on your own. If you’re eligible, you may be able to buy your home with:

  • someone who shares your tenancy
  • your spouse or civil partner
  • up to 3 family members who’ve lived with you for the past 12 months - they do not have to be on your tenancy agreement but it must be their main home

For more information on eligibility, you can look at the Right to Buy website

Discounts

Houses

You get a 35% discount if you’ve been a Harlow Council tenant for between 3 and 5 years.

After 5 years, the discount goes up by 1% for every extra year you’ve been a tenant, up to a maximum of 70% – or £84,200 whichever is lower.

Flats

You get a 50% discount if you’ve been a Harlow Council tenant for between 3 and 5 years.

After 5 years, the discount goes up by 2% for every extra year you’ve been a tenant, up to a maximum of 70% – or £84,200 whichever is lower.

Apply

To apply for the Right to Buy you need to:

You can also pick up the forms from the Civic Centre.

If you need any help in completing the forms contact the Home Ownership Team on 01279 446424

Right to Buy agents also offer a free service to help guide you through the Right to Buy process.

Selling your home

You can sell your home after buying it through Right to Buy.

If you sell it within 5 years of buying it, you’ll have to pay back some or all of the discount.

You’ll have to pay back all of the discount if you sell within the first year. After that, the total amount you pay back reduces to:

  • 80% of the discount in the second year
  • 60% of the discount in the third year
  • 40% of the discount in the fourth year
  • 20% of the discount in the fifth year

The amount you pay back depends on the value of your home when you sell it.

If you sell your home within 10 years you have to first offer it to either:

  • your old landlord
  • another social landlord in the area

To offer your property us, you need to:

Your solicitors or legal representatives will need a copy of your completed form and our reply.

We (the landlord) have to agree the market value of the house with you. If we cannot agree on a price, the district valuer will make an independent valuation of the house.

If your offer has not been accepted within 8 weeks, you will be free to sell the property on the open market.

Advice

For more information, you can read our Right to Buy booklet (pdf)

You can get general advice on Right to Buy from:

You can find a solicitor using The Law Society website

You can find a surveyor using the RICS website

You can get information on stamp duty on GOV.UK

Contact information

Office
Home Ownership Team
Harlow Council
Civic Centre
The Water Gardens
College Square
Harlow CM20 1WG