Buy Your Council House Under the Right to Buy Scheme
The Right to Buy Scheme allows people that live in council houses the right to buy their home at an often generous discount. We’re able to help you with the whole Right to Buy process.
If you have been a Local Authority tenant for a couple of years, you may be eligible for the Right to Buy. You will receive a discount from the open market value if you decide to go for the property, if you have any equity in your property it could act as your deposit.
Additionally, some Lenders will allow you to borrow additional money for Home Improvements. The Local Authority must permit you to do the works. Many council estates have the majority of homes privately owned now; thousands of people opted to buy to benefit from the offer discounts. Many Homeowners got onto the property ladder via Right to Buy.
What is the process of the right to buy?
Firstly, you need to see if you qualify to buy the property. You need to obtain an application form (RTB1), and then the Local Authority will send someone out to value your property to let you know how much it is worth. They will then calculate the percentage discount you are entitled to and write to you to offer you the chance to proceed.
In terms of how to get a Right to Buy Mortgage, the very first thing you need to do is to fill in an application form (RTB1) to see if you qualify and if you do then the Local Authority will send out a valuer to see how much your home would be worth on the open market.
If you wish to proceed, the next step is to sign and return the form within the pack sent to you by the Local Authority and then set about trying to get a mortgage.
How much can I borrow?
The amount that you can borrow is calculated in the same way as any other mortgage and gets based on your income and expenditure, so it’s essential that you cut out any unnecessary spending such as unused subscriptions and memberships before making an application. You should also check your credit score online, our Mortgage Advisors in London will be more than happy to help.
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