Right to Buy (RTB) explained

If you were one of our tenants prior to the  26 March 2012 and have remained a tenant then you might qualify for the Preserved Right to Buy. If you have become a tenant since 26 March 2012 you might qualify for the Right to Acquire.

Things to consider about buying your home

Please be aware that we will only carry out what we consider to be emergency repairs after a tenant submits a Right to Buy application. We will not carry out any improvements works to your home such as replacing your windows, central heating system or any other works.

Rent accounts should be clear on application.

Think about the costs involved

Owning your own home can be expensive. Only you will know if buying your own home is the right decision for you. If you want more advice, contact us, Citizens Advice Bureau or a solicitor (please remember that a solicitor may charge for the advice they give you).

If you live in a flat or maisonette, you usually cannot buy the freehold to your property. The long-term lease can however be bought for a fixed period (usually 125 years) with an annual ground rent of £10. Leaseholders must also pay charges for the upkeep of the structure and communal areas of the building. These charges are known as ‘Service Charges’ which can run into several thousands of pounds. As well as major repairs and improvements, service charges also cover things like staircase lighting, caretaking, grass cutting and door entry systems.

If you decide to buy your flat or maisonette, we will give you an estimate of the annual service charges we will make and the costs of any possible planned improvement we plan to undertake to the building.

If you are unable to print off an application contact us at homeownership@rbh.org.uk or submit an online enquiry  

Once you have submitted your application, it will follow the Right to Buy process.

Before you take the time to apply take this quick eligibility checker

Right to Buy Application Forms

Please download and complete the Right to Buy and additional information forms below. Please note that you need to print off and sign.

  • Page 7 (if applicable)
  • Section F (pages 10 & 11)

Please complete the forms digitally and scan the above pages with signatures ensuring that they are on the same email as your application.

Please send applications forms to homeownership@rbh.org.uk

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Once you submit a RTB or RTA application, RBH will acknowledge your application within 7 working days and will let you know if we can admit your application within 4 weeks.