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If you are a tenant in council property, you may be able to buy your home from us. To qualify you must have spent at least 5 years as:
Certain council owned properties do not fall under the Right to Buy scheme as they provide support and services to other tenants.
Things to consider:
If you are thinking about buying your home then please consider the following:
If you qualify for the Right to Buy government scheme and proceed with the application, you will not qualify for other government schemes such as Rent to Buy or Help to Buy.
You may be able to buy your home with a discount. The longer you have been a tenant, the larger your discount:
The maximum discount for any property is £77,000.
For example, an applicant living in a house valued at £170,000 with a tenancy history of 20 years:
In this case, the maximum discount of £77,000 is applied, so the house would be offered for sale at £93,000.
As a tenant of a flat or maisonette, you will buy your council home on a 'lease'. This is normally for 125 years but it can be for a shorter period. As well as your mortgage you will have to pay an annual service charge for services provided by the Council and contribute to any major maintenance works.
If you wish to gain an insight into the current value of your home then websites such as Zoopla offer an online service. This entails you entering details of the property into an online form which then uses this information to give a calculated estimate of the current value of your house.
Please visit the Zoopla website and then click on the 'Current Values' tab and follow the instructions. The more detail you input, the better the more accurate the valuation will be.
Please note that this is not a valuation carried out by Oxford City Council and is to be used as a guideline only.
If you are ready to apply download and complete the Right to Buy application form from the Department for Communities and Local Government website or request a form from us using the link below:
Once you have claimed the Right to Buy the Council will not usually carry out general maintenance on your property other than that for which we have a statutory obligation. For example, to keep the property wind and watertight, and to adequately maintain services i.e. heating, sanitary and electrical installations.
Page last updated 14 January 2015
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