Right to Part Buy (Voluntary Scheme)

  1. Eligibility for Right to Part Buy
  2. Frequently asked questions

Right to Part Buy frequently asked questions

Can I make a joint application?

A joint application can be made but only certain people are allowed to join an application such as:

  • Someone who is already on the tenancy agreement with you
  • Your spouse or civil partner
  • Up to three family members, who have been living in your home for the 12 months prior to making the application. They don’t have to be on the tenancy agreement but it must be their main home.

How is the percentage of share being bought calculated?

Tenants applying for RTPB (Voluntary Scheme) would be asked to come into the council for a financial appraisal which would identify their financial capacity.

Can I purchase additional shares? 

Tenants will have the right to purchase additional shares in a minimum of ten per cent tranches but cannot go above 50 per cent within the first two years of ownership. 

What is my discount entitlement? 

The RTPB discount offered is the same as under the RTB terms but apportioned to the share purchased (for example, discount calculated is £100,000; share bought is 25 per cent so discount awarded is £25,000). When another share is purchased, tenants may receive further discount up to the maximum discount level at that point in time.

Is a deposit required?

Many lenders will take the discount as a deposit, although some will not. You might want to talk to a mortgage lender / broker or an Independent Financial Adviser to find a mortgage that best suits your needs – always check costs before you appoint anyone.

If I decide to sell will I need to repay the discount? 

You are able to sell your home at any time, but if sold, the property within the first ten years of ownership will be subject to the Right of First Refusal to the Council and if you sell your home within the first five years, you will also be asked for repayment of all or part of the discount. After five years, you can sell the property without repaying any of the discount you received. The amount you pay back also depends on the value of your home when you sell it.

Purchase year you sell within Proportion to be repaid
First year The whole discount will have to be repaid
Second year Four fifths must be repaid
Third year Three fifths must be repaid
Fourth year Two fifths must be repaid
Fifth year One fifth must be repaid

Who is responsible for repairs?

If you own a shared ownership lease for a house you will be responsible for all repairs to the interior and exterior of the property. If you own a shared ownership lease for a flat you will be responsible for internal repairs, including replacement of fixtures and fittings. The Council will still be responsible for the upkeep and repair of the buildings structure, exterior and communal parts and services. Major works and Service Charge costs would be apportioned to the owned share.

Please note, tenants who go on to purchase under this scheme will lose their Right to Buy. 

(This scheme is subject to eligibility, change, and terms and conditions).