Right to Buy services
Right to buy conveyancing solicitors
We know that buying a property is exciting, so we want you to enjoy it without having to worry about all the legalities. That’s what we’re here for.
What is the right to buy scheme?
The right to buy scheme is a programme which lets certain council or housing association tenants to buy the property they’ve been renting and living in at a discounted rate.
Like any purchase, buying through this scheme can be quite complex, which is where we can help you out.
Our conveyancing solicitors have helped many council or housing association tenants to purchase their home through the right to buy scheme, and can help you too.
If you qualify for the right to buy scheme, you may be able to get a discount on the market value of your home when you buy it.
Right to buy discounts depend on multiple factors and can reach up to 70 percent of the property value but cannot exceed a total sum of £108,000 in the London area or £80,900 outside of the London area.
Right to buy discounts also increase yearly in the month of April; in line with movement in the Consumer Price Index, otherwise known as the CPI.
Applying for the scheme
We can help you apply to buy your property through the right to buy scheme, advising you on the process if your landlord accepts your application and acting as your representative if they don’t.
Your landlord must respond to your offer within four weeks of receiving your application, or eight weeks if they’ve been your landlord for under three years. If they reject your application and say no to selling you the property, they have to tell you why.
If your landlord agrees to sell you the property, they will send you an offer within eight weeks of saying yes if you’re buying a freehold property, and twelve weeks if you’re buying a leasehold property.
Our expert conveyancing solicitors can advice and guide you throughout the buying process, making sure you’re always fully aware of your legal rights.
We can advise you on specific right to buy mortgages and handle all your conveyancing needs, including all the searches that will need to be carried out.
With the entire process managed by our experts buying your property through the right to buy scheme will be a smooth experience. We can help you if you live in England or Wales and are looking to purchase your property under the right to buy scheme.
Receiving an offer from your landlord
After you have requested the right to buy your property from your landlord and if you meet the correct requirements then your landlord might make you an offer.
If they do, the offer letter will show the following information:
- The price of the property and how that price was calculated
- The discount applied to the price and how that discount was calculated
- A clear description of the land and property you are applying to buy
- Any known problems with the structure of the property
- An estimate of the service charges for the next five years – for flats and apartments only
After you receive your offer from the landlord you then have up to twelve weeks to make a decision. If you don’t reply to the offer in time, it will expire and you will need to request a new offer.
Appealing an offer
You may not be happy with the offer your landlord has given you and believe that certain calculations and prices are incorrect.
If this happens to you then you can request an independent valuation completed by a valuer from HM Revenue and Customs. They will come to visit the property and assess the value of the property, which will then be the basis of your new offer.
If you are denied the ability to buy due to reasons other than not meeting the eligibility requirements you may also be able to appeal. An example of this might be if you were denied the right to buy because the property is only suitable for elderly people and.
We can help you through an appeal if you’ve been denied the right to buy or you aren’t happy with the offer made to you.
It’s a complicated process, which is why you should have a solicitor guiding you every step of the way.
How we can help
We can help you with any aspect of your right to buy process. We know how exciting buying your home is and want you to enjoy every single step, so we will make sure that we keep the process simple and stress-free for you.
We can guide you through the buying process with ease and manage all communication and potential appeals for you.
Our solicitors will be by your side to support you whenever you need us, and will make sure that you’re happy with every decision made.
Starting the process couldn’t be more simple!
- Contact us Get in touch however suits you best and arrange a consulation with one of our solicitors
- Meet an expert You’ll meet the expert solicitor assigned to your case and discuss all the necessary details
- Authorise Once we’ve got all the details of your case and you’re happy to proceed, just give us the go-ahead
- We get to work It’s time for us to get to work! We’ll set up your file on our system and get to work right away
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