Right to Buy Mortgages

If you are looking to buy your home through the Right to Buy Scheme we have lenders available who can help and you can use the discount offered by the council as your deposit.

If you have a low credit score or have bad credit registered we can have specialist lenders available that are able to provide bad credit right to buy mortgages.

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Right to Buy Mortgages

Owning a home is a dream for most tenants. If you are a council tenant, the Right to Buy mortgage scheme gives you the possibility to buy the property you live in at a heavy discount. In this article, we’re going to explain the existing rules and how to adhere to the scheme.


What is the Right to Buy Scheme?

Right to Buy is a government scheme introduced through the Housing Act 1980 by Margaret Thatcher that allows council tenants to buy the properties at a discount. This discount is often accepted as a deposit by lenders, giving you easier access to a mortgage if you don’t have enough savings to pay for any upfront costs.

This scheme is fully available in England, but it has been abolished completely in Scotland. Wales is also abolishing it, while if you’re in Northern Ireland, you can only get a maximum discount of £24,000, depending on how long you lived in the property.

If you live in England, you must comply with the following rules to adhere to the Right to Buy:

  • This must be your main home.
  • The home must be self-contained.
  • There must be a legal tenancy contract between you and the council
  • You’ve had a public sector landlord for at least three years

Joint applications are accepted if you apply with someone who shares your tenancy or with a family member that has lived with you for at least 12 months if they don’t share the tenancy.

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Right to Buy Mortgage FAQ's

What is a right to buy mortgage?
This is where the council allows a tenant to purchase the property that they live it at a discount. This discount can be used as a deposit when applying for a mortgage. The amount of the discount will depend upon many factors such is how long you have been a tenant for and whether the property is a flat or a house. You can visit the governments Right to Buy Calculator to give you a guide on what discount you may qualify for.
Can I get a right to buy a mortgage with no deposit?
Yes - Some lenders will lend you 100% of the discounted purchase price. Each lender will have a different criteria that you have to qualify for, so you should speak to an experienced broker in this area. It is also worth noting that when buying a property you will need to have additional funds to pay for set up costs such as a valuation fee, mortgage broker fees, and conveyancing fees.
How does a right to buy mortgage work?
The council will value the property and confirm the amount of discount that you are entitled to. Let’s say for example the property valuation is £100,000 and you are entitled to a £20,000 discount, you can use this discount as a deposit and therefore get a mortgage for £80,000. The first step is visit the governments Right to Buy calculator to get an idea of the potential discount and then speak to a mortgage broker to explore your mortgage options. If a mortgage is possible and you wish to proceed, you will need to complete the Right to Buy Application Form to start the process.