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Buying your home

Earlier this year, the government spoke about plans to extend the current Right to Buy scheme for council housing.

This change would mean that the right to buy would also include housing association properties.

As a result, it would mean that Connect residents may eventually be able to buy their own home and benefit from the discount provided by the Right to Buy scheme.

At the moment this is just an idea and it’s not actually been put in place. We will let all our residents know if the current rules change at all.

In some cases, housing association tenants may already have the option to buy their property, this is called Right to Acquire (RTA). There are strict guidelines on eligibility though.

To be eligible for the RTA scheme tenants must:

  • Have been a public sector tenant for at least three years.
  • Live in a self-contained property which is their only or main home.
  • Live in a property built or bought by a housing association after 31 March 1997 (and funded through a social housing grant provided by the Housing Corporation or local council).
  • Live in a property transferred from a local council to a housing association after 31 March 1997.

You can make a joint application with:

  • Anyone who shares your tenancy.
  • A maximum of three family members who you’ve lived with during the past 12 months.

Even where all these requirements are met, the discounts available are not as generous as Right to Buy and are currently limited to £10,000 in Leeds and £9,000 in other areas.

You can find more information on Right To Acquire at the gov.uk website.

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