Right to Buy

About the Right to Buy

The Right to Buy is a government scheme that enables secure tenants of the council to buy their home at discount.

To be eligible, a tenant must have held a public sector tenancy for at least three years. You are not eligible if you are bankrupt, or if you are subject to a possession order. There are some exceptions to the Right to Buy - for instance it does not apply if you live in sheltered housing.

For further details, please view or download our 'Your Right to buy your council home - information for secure tenants' leaflet (PDF 60kb).

Buying your home is probably the biggest financial decision you will ever make – please take time to consider whether it is the right choice for you.

For example, if you exercise the Right to Buy you will be responsible for the costs of maintaining your home, including major works, routine repairs and any improvements.

If you are buying a flat or maisonette, you will become a leaseholder and will be responsible for paying service charges. In basic terms, the service charge is a leaseholder’s lease share of the costs incurred by the council in keeping the building in repair, providing services and managing the building. Further information is available on our council leaseholder page.

Before borrowing money to buy your home, take time to consider all the costs involved and the choices available. Seek out the best independent information or advice you can get before agreeing to any offer or deal. Some banks and building societies don’t like giving mortgages on flats in high rise blocks, or for properties of non-traditional construction.

Government website

You can get more useful information on the right to buy, including a simple quiz to find out if you could be eligible to buy your home at a discount and a Right to Buy calculator to find out how much discount you could get at www.gov.uk/right-to-buy-buying-your-council-home/overview  


Download the Right to Buy application forms and ID documents you will need to provide below.You will need to bring your ID documents to the Housing Centre or one of our housing offices so that we can take copies.

All the application forms should be completed and signed for your application to be processed. The forms should then be returned to:

Leasehold Team
Brighton & Hove Housing Centre
Unit 1, Fairway Trading Estate
Eastergate Road

Right to Buy application forms

If you would like to discuss the Right to Buy, or would like to be sent an information pack by post (which includes the necessary application forms), please contact a Leasehold Officer on 01273 293074, or email rtbleasehold@brighton-hove.gov.uk.