Many people live in council properties all of their life and would like nothing more than to call it their own. With right to buy mortagages they can, thanks to discounts and possible savings of thousands of pounds.
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Despite being designed to make it easier for people to get a foot on the property ladder, the Right To Buy scheme can still be confusing given the differing criteria and discount rates.
Seeking advice from a specialist broker like MortgageKey ensures you can access the entire market and find the lender able to offer you the best deal.
Mortgage lenders usually want you to have had a secure council tenancy for at least 12 months and spent at least three years as a public sector tenant with a landlord (the three years don’t have to have been consecutive). It’s also expected that it’s your only home, and that rooms are not shared with other people.
Yes they can, as long as they’re named on the tenancy and have lived in the property for the last year. This means people can technically buy their parent’s home. The husband, wife or civil partner of any armed forces members also have the right to buy, as long as you lived together in armed forces accommodation. This sort of accommodation can contribute to the 3 years as a public sector tenant too. However, if you’re currently occupying armed forces accommodation, you do not have the right to buy.
The amount of discount you varies dependent on whether you live in a house or a flat, and on the amount of time you have lived there.
If you live in a house you can get a 35% discount if you have been a tenant for between three and five years. This discount goes up by one per cent for every extra year you have been a tenant, up to a maximum of 70% – or £82,800 across England and £110,500 in London boroughs.
If you live in a flat you get a 50% discount if you’ve been a tenant for between three and five years.
After five years, the discount goes up by two per cent for every extra year you’ve been a tenant, again up to a maximum of 70% – or £82,800 across England and £110,500 in London boroughs (whichever is lower).
For example, someone who has been a tenant for 10 years could buy a £100,000 flat for just £40,000 – using a 60% discount.
Buying a council home can be a sentimental decision for some, but it always should make financial sense and the process of securing a right to buy mortgage can be overwhelming. It’s important to do your research beforehand, and ready yourself financial scrutiny and a thorough process throughout.
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