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Right to buy

Right to buy allows most council tenants to buy their council home at a discount. See the eligibility checker on the right to buy website to find out if you can apply.

You can get a discount on the market value of your home when you buy it if you qualify for right to buy.

The maximum discount is £77,900 across England (except in London boroughs where it’s £103,900). It will increase each year in April in line with the consumer price index (CPI).

The discount is based on:

  • how long you’ve been a tenant with a public sector landlord
  • the type of property you’re buying - a flat or house
  • the value of your home

If you’re buying with someone else, you count the years of whoever’s been a public sector tenant the longest.

You’ll usually have to repay some or all your discount if you sell your home within five years.

You might get a smaller discount if you’ve used right to buy in the past.

For more information, please visit the right to buy page.

You can also find out more about what it means to be a home owner.

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Page last reviewed 06/12/2018