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Right to Buy

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Overview

Under the Right to Buy scheme, you can buy your home at a price lower than the full market value. This is because the length of time you have spent as a tenant entitles you to a discount.

We are very concerned that tenants don't always get good advice when they ask companies or individuals for help in buying their homes.
Sometimes tenants pay a lot of money for things that the council will do for free. For example, Right to Buy application forms are available free of charge and help can be provided to complete them. If you're approached by a person or company offering to help you to buy your council home, find out what's in it for them and talk to our Home Sales Team before agreeing to anything.

Essential Information
  • The Right to Buy scheme gives tenants a discount on the market value of their home. The longer you have been a tenant, the more discount you get, up to a maximum of £77,000.

  • Email
    houhousesales@birmingham.gov.uk

    Telephone
    0121 303 7926
    0121 303 7928
    0121 303 7929

    Mail
    Home Sales Team
    Mole Street
    Sparkbrook
    Birmingham
    B11 1XA

  • Every council home is available to purchase, if you meet all the necessary criteria. The Home Sales Team can inform you if your property is available to purchase, see Contacts for details of how to get in touch.

Frequently Asked Questions
    • Only those named on the tenancy records have the right to buy, along with up to three qualifying family members who have lived at the property for 12 months prior to the right to buy application.

    • Yes, you can either visit our offices on Mole Street, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B11 1XA, or you can call us on 0121 303 7926/7928/7929 and a member of the Home Sales Team.will be able to help you.


    • Yes, but some of the discount will need to be repaid if it is sold within the first five years after completion.

      The discount repayable will be the same percentage of the resale value of your home as the original percentage discount, not just the discount that was received. This figure is reduced by 20% for each full year after the purchase date, in other words:


      • within the first year of completion – the whole discount is repayable
      • within the second year of completion – 80% (four-fifths) of the discount is repayable
      • within the third year of completion – 60% (three-fifths) of the discount is repayable
      • within the fourth year of completion – 40% (two-fifths) of the discount is repayable
      • within the fifth year of completion – 20% (one-fifth) of the discount is repayable
      • after five complete years no discount is repayable.
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