Right to buy

Buying your council home

There are several ways people can buy their home in the UK, and Right to Buy scheme is one of them. Right to Buy helps eligible council and housing association tenants in England to buy their home at a discount.

The Government's Right to Buy service

Overview of Right to Buy

You can apply to buy your council home if:

  • It’s your only or main home,
  • it’s self-contained,
  • you’re a secure tenant,
  • you’ve had a public sector landlord (for example, a council, housing association or NHS trust) for 3 years - it does not have to be 3 years in a row.

Milton Keynes Council application process

  1. You contact the Home Ownership Team for an application pack or check the Government website to see if you are eligible or to see if you can afford it.
  2. Once you are happy that you want to go ahead, complete the right to buy application online on the Government website then download print and sign - or you could download and print a version of the right to buy form to complete by hand.
  3. Complete the forms and contact us to arrange submitting the completed application form and proof of ID.
  4. We will then process your application and let you know if you have the RTB or not - within 4 weeks for a house or 8 weeks for a flat.
  5. If you don’t have the RTB we will tell you why, if you disagree you can contact the Department for Communities and Local Government and appeal.
  6. If we think you have the RTB we then send you an Offer Notice (section 125 Notice) - within 8 weeks for a house or 12 weeks for a flat.
  7. You have 12 weeks to contact us to tell us what you wish to do now - continue, appeal the valuation (see the next section), or withdraw.
  8. If you don’t tell us within 12 weeks, we will write to give you a final 28 days to tell us what you wish to do, after which your application will be closed.
  9. If you tell us you wish to continue to buy, you have 12 months from your Offer Notice. If you do not complete within that timescale, our legal team will send you a warning notice to complete.
  10. If you have not completed after that, legal will send you a second warning notice, which after the end of the period we give you to complete, we can close your application.
  11. You may withdraw your application at any time in the process. You can change your mind but if your application is closed and you wish to buy again at a later date, you will need to complete a new application form and start again.

Right to Buy process is managed by Home Ownership Team. If you have any questions or want to apply, please contact us. Please note, that we will not be able to provide you with a legal or financial advice, so if you do decide to buy your home under Right to Buy, we would advise you to seek an independent legal and financial advice.

Right to Acquire - if you are a tenant of a housing association, you may be eligible to buy your home under Right to Acquire scheme. To find out more please visit the Government's Right to Acquire website.

Housing - Home Ownership Team

Home Ownership Team - contact information

Civic, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes MK9 3EJ