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
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.
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.
To apply for the Right to Buy you need to:
- complete the Form RTB1 Notice Claiming the Right to Buy from GOV.UK
- complete the Right to Buy additional information form (pdf)
- send the forms to Home Ownership Team
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:
- complete the notice of first refusal form (pdf)
- send it to Home Ownership Team
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.
For more information, you can read our Right to Buy booklet (pdf)
You can get general advice on Right to Buy from:
- Right to Buy website
- Harlow Citizens Advice Bureau
- The Money Advice Service
- The Leasehold Advisory Service
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