Voluntary Right to Buy Application Form

Thank you for expressing an interest in purchasing a home under the voluntary right to buy scheme.

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Eligibility Self-Check

Please use this form if you are a housing association tenant and wish to purchase your home under the voluntary Right to Buy scheme.

In order to be eligible for the Voluntary Right to Buy:

You must have at least three years social or affordable housing tenancyNot necessarily with the same landlord
You must have an undemoted secure, assured or fixed term tenancy
You must have a right to reside in the United Kingdom
You must not have the Statutory or Preserved Right to Buy
You must have no rent arrears
You must have no on going legal proceedings for anti social behaviour or other matters e.g. an injunction or Notice Of Seeking Possession
You must not own or have an interest in another property
You must not be a shared owner
You must not be subject to a mortgage rescue scheme
You must not be bankrupt
Based on what you have told us, you may be eligible for Voluntary Right to Buy. If you have already obtained a Unique Reference Number (URN) from the government please enter it below to continue with your application.
Unfortunately, based on what you have told us, you are not eligible for Voluntary Right to Buy. There may be other home ownership options that you can investigate by visiting our buying a home page

Property & Tenancy Details

Please read the following notes:

  1. You can only apply for the voluntary Right to Buy discount if you are a tenant of this property and you have a unique reference number from the Government’s website.
  2. Please make sure you are applying to the right landlord. If you apply to the wrong landlord, your unique reference number may be void and you may have to reapply.
  3. You must not sell, let, or sub-let the property within 5 years of purchase. If you do so, you will be liable to repay some or all of the voluntary Right to Buy discount, according to the terms set out in the sales contract. If this causes significant financial distress, your ex-landlord may be willing to grant you permission to let the property, but you must seek their agreement first.
Provide evidence of tenancy
You must have a minimum of 3 years tenancy with a housing association or public sector landlord such as a local authority (see Appendix 1 for full list). This does not have to be in one go—you may have split your tenancy over a number of separate periods. (Unfortunately, we cannot consider temporary tenancies / accommodation).
How long have you been a tenant of a public sector landlord?

Previous Tenancies

Please list all landlords for your public sector tenancies

You will need to upload proof of tenancy from all your previous landlords for the total public sector tenancy period you are claiming with your application. This can either be a letter from your previous landlord or copies of your previous tenancy agreements.

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Current property details

Current property typeOnly self-contained properties are eligible; you cannot buy part of a dwelling.
Has your property been adapted to suit your housing needs
Did you receive any direct funding to make the adaptation?e.g. grant to carry out works such as an access slope?
Do you have access to a garden
Do you share any facility such as laundry
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Do you have any parking available
Do you have use of a shed
Do you have use of a garage

Home Improvement

Only improvements such as a new bathroom, kitchen or extension will be considered as a home improvement.

General decoration/maintenance is NOT classed as an improvement. It will be decided during the valuation process whether your improvements have had an impact on the property value, possibly resulting in the home improvement value being deducted from the overall purchase price.

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Approval grantede.g. from your landlord, a local authority etc.
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Source of Funding

You MUST set out how you intend to fund the purchase price of the property minus the voluntary Right to Buy discount.

How do you intend to fund your purchase

*If you are buying your home with the help of a family contribution, we will need additional information. This will include:

  • Full name, address and contact details for the family member supplying the funding.
  • Evidence of the source of funding. We would need to see a bank statement from the family member showing where the money comes from, as well as proof of the money being transferred into your UK bank account.
  • A photocopy of the driving licence or passport of the person giving you the money, together with written confirmation from them of their full name, address, nature of your relationship with them and details of the loan or gift.
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Provide evidence of monies transfer
Provide evidence of IDDriving Licence or Passport
Provide written evidenceDetailing full name, address, nature of relationship and details of loan or gift

WARNING!

Please be wary of unregistered companies offering to support your purchase in exchange for a stake in the property now or in the future. We will be checking the legitimacy of such companies with the Financial Conduct Authority.

If you enter into an agreement with a third party that involves selling the property to that third party some time in the future in exchange for funding the purchase, you will have to forfeit some or all of the discount.

Please ensure you take independent legal and/or financial advice before entering into any agreement with a third party.

Applicants’ Details

Please read the following notes:

Tenant

  1. You are a tenant if your name appears on the tenancy agreement, rent book or rent card. If you are unsure whether you are a tenant, you should check with your landlord.
  2. You can only claim the voluntary Right to Buy discount if the property is your only home and you have lived there for a minimum of 12 months. If you already own a property, it must be sold before you complete the purchase of your housing association home.
  3. If you are applying to buy jointly with other tenants, all applicants need to have lived in the property as their only home for at least the last 12 months.
  4. The agreement of any tenant who does not wish to buy must be obtained before you apply to purchase your home. They should sign the declaration (Tenants not wishing to buy) section of this notice. Their tenancy will end when you buy the property.

Family member

  1. You may apply to purchase your home with up to three family members over the age of 18. A family member is:

    1. the tenant’s husband, wife or civil partner; or someone who lives with the tenant as if they were their husband, wife or civil partner
    2. the tenant’s parent, grandparent, child, stepchild, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece
    3. the parent, grandparent, child, stepchild, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece of the tenant’s husband, wife or civil partner.

    They do not have to be tenants themselves but they must have also lived in the property as their main home for at least the last 12 months, and if they already own a property it must be sold before the completion of the purchase of your housing association home.

  2. If you are unsure whether someone qualifies as a family member for this purpose, you should check with your landlord. Family members who haven’t lived in the property can contribute to the purchase costs but they cannot acquire a stake in the property.

If any of the applicants change during the application process, your application will be rendered void and you will need to start a new application and obtain a new unique reference number.

Tenant(s) details

All tenants must complete the statutory declaration of this application.

Tenants whose names appear on the tenancy agreement, and who do NOT wish to take part in the purchase MUST complete the declaration confirming that they understand that their tenancy will end once the property is sold and they will have no legal right to live at the property as a tenant.

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Other Occupant(s) details

Please provide details of ALL other occupants (do not list those already listed above).

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Purchaser details

Each person who will be party to the purchase of the property under the voluntary Right to Buy MUST complete this section separately. Please remember, all parties to the purchase need to provide evidence that they have lived in the property for a minimum of 12 months.

Title
Gender

Contact details

Citizenship

Are you a British or EU/EEA citizen
Is your passport stamped indefinite leave to remain

Employment

Income

Are you currently subject to bankruptcy proceedings?

Housing history

Do you currently own, jointly own or have any legal interest in any property
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Have you in the past owned, jointly owned or had any legal interest in any property
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Do you hold any other tenancies or joint tenancies
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Previous discount

Give details of any previous purchase of property at a discount from a public sector landlord (see Appendix 1) which you or your spouse or civil partner or deceased spouse or civil partner have made, where the discount was not later paid back.

Have you ever purchased a home under the statutory Right to Buy, Preserved Right to Buy or Right to Acquire
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Citizenship

Are you a British or EU/EEA citizen
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Employment

Income

Are you currently subject to bankruptcy proceedings?

Housing history

Do you currently own, jointly own or have any legal interest in any property
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Do you hold any other tenancies or joint tenancies
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Previous discount

Give details of any previous purchase of property at a discount from a public sector landlord (see Appendix 1) which you or your spouse or civil partner or deceased spouse or civil partner have made, where the discount was not later paid back.

Have you ever purchased a home under the statutory Right to Buy, Preserved Right to Buy or Right to Acquire
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Citizenship

Are you a British or EU/EEA citizen
Is your passport stamped indefinite leave to remain

Employment

Income

Are you currently subject to bankruptcy proceedings?

Housing history

Do you currently own, jointly own or have any legal interest in any property
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Previous discount

Give details of any previous purchase of property at a discount from a public sector landlord (see Appendix 1) which you or your spouse or civil partner or deceased spouse or civil partner have made, where the discount was not later paid back.

Have you ever purchased a home under the statutory Right to Buy, Preserved Right to Buy or Right to Acquire
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Citizenship

Are you a British or EU/EEA citizen
Is your passport stamped indefinite leave to remain

Employment

Income

Are you currently subject to bankruptcy proceedings?

Housing history

Do you currently own, jointly own or have any legal interest in any property
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Do you hold any other tenancies or joint tenancies
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Previous discount

Give details of any previous purchase of property at a discount from a public sector landlord (see Appendix 1) which you or your spouse or civil partner or deceased spouse or civil partner have made, where the discount was not later paid back.

Have you ever purchased a home under the statutory Right to Buy, Preserved Right to Buy or Right to Acquire
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Gender

Contact details

Citizenship

Are you a British or EU/EEA citizen
Is your passport stamped indefinite leave to remain

Employment

Income

Are you currently subject to bankruptcy proceedings?

Housing history

Do you currently own, jointly own or have any legal interest in any property
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Do you hold any other tenancies or joint tenancies
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Previous discount

Give details of any previous purchase of property at a discount from a public sector landlord (see Appendix 1) which you or your spouse or civil partner or deceased spouse or civil partner have made, where the discount was not later paid back.

Have you ever purchased a home under the statutory Right to Buy, Preserved Right to Buy or Right to Acquire
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Household type

Please note that dependent children are those aged under 16 years living with at least one parent, or aged 16 to 18 years in full-time education, excluding all children who have a spouse, partner or children living in the household. Independent children are any person aged over 18 or those 16-18 who are not in full-time education living in a family with his or her parent(s) or grandparent(s).

Dependents
Does any member of your household have any physical or mental health conditions or illnesses lasting or expected to last for 12 months or more?

Details of Total Household Income

The following section on household income and expenditure should be completed for your total household income.  Your household will typically include members of your family who currently live in the property. It  can be defined as one person living alone, or a group of people (not necessarily related) living at the same address who share cooking facilities and share a living room, sitting room or dining area.

Combined with the information you are providing on household size and composition, this information will enable government to better understand the characteristics of those accessing the Voluntary Right to Buy. It will inform analysis by both government and independent, third party researchers on how successful the pilot is in delivering its policy objectives.

Please note that gross income refers to earnings before deductions are made in light of taxes and benefits. Net income is gross income minus deductions (e.g. income tax, national insurance contributions and payments to occupational pension).

It will be used as part of a methodology called equivalisation that adjusts household income to account for the different financial resource requirements of different household types. It is used by the Office for National Statistics.

Net income, including tax creditsi.e. after deduction of income tax, National Insurance, and occupational pension contributions
Total social security benefitsincluding Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefits, Child Benefit and Retirement Pension
Other sources of income

e.g.

  • Net pension income (excluding state pension income)
  • Net interest on savings and income from investments
  • Amount received from former partners for child maintenance
  • Net income from student loans, grants or scholarships
Deductions from income

Please only include deductions that you think will not have been included in the section above, e.g. if reporting a monthly net income as seen on your payslip, it is likely that payments to an occupational pension will have already been deducted.

Payments to occupational and personal pensions if not already deducted in net income
Other deductions from income

e.g.

  • Payments to personal pension
  • Amount paid to former partners for child maintenance

Declarations

Note. All tenants and family members participating in the purchase must individually sign the declaration. All tenants not participating in the purchase must also sign a declaration to the effect that they are content for the purchase to proceed and that the property sale will end their tenancy.

Declaration—Purchaser(s)

I confirm that the information supplied in my application is true to the best of my knowledge and belief. I have not withheld any information which may have a bearing on my application. I confirm that I am aware of my obligation to inform my landlord should any of my circumstances change during the course of my application, and that failure to do so may result in my application being terminated.

I understand that the information I have supplied in my application may be disclosed to other departments and/or organisations – such as local authorities and other landlords – for the purpose of assessing this application.

I understand that my landlord may approach other agencies such as my employers, benefits agency, mortgage lender and credit referencing agencies to confirm my residency and for the prevention and detection of fraud.

I understand that my landlord may share my personal details with the Ministry of Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Homes England, and a third party research provider, who will process my personal data for the purposes of administering the pilot, and for research and evaluation purposes. Further information is available on the MHCLG website.

I understand that my landlord and/or MHCLG may share my name and contact details with a third party research provider, so they can contact me to ask me follow up questions to understand how well the pilot is working, as part of an independent evaluation.

I understand that my landlord complies with the UK’s anti-money laundering legislation. Therefore they will require confirmation from me regarding how I intend to fund my purchase. If I am using savings to fund this transaction, I will provide evidence as to where these funds originate. I acknowledge that my landlord may also need to conduct further checks with credit reference agencies to confirm my identity and comply with legislation. I understand that such checks may take time and may impact on the time it takes to process my application.

I understand that if I give false or misleading information or I omit information for the purpose of gaining the Voluntary Right to Buy for Housing Association tenants, it may be regarded as a criminal offence and action could be taken against me including court action and the recovery of property.

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Declaration—Tenant(s) not wishing to buy

I confirm that I am content for the above named to purchase the above named property under the voluntary Right to Buy Scheme.

I confirm that as a tenant of the said property, I understand that my tenancy will terminate at the completion of the sale of the property and I understand that I will no longer have any tenancy rights to the property from the date the property is sold. I confirm that as a tenant of the said property, I am aware that it is the recommendation of my landlord that I seek independent legal advice before making this declaration.

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Data Protection Notice

The information you are providing in this application will be used to help determine if you are eligible for the Voluntary Right Buy and, if successful, process your application.

At Housing Plus Group the ‘Data Controller’ is responsible for the collection, processing, storage and safe keeping of personal data in relation to your application to the Voluntary Right to Buy pilot. We manage personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.

The collection and processing of your personal data is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest to meet a function of the Crown, a Minister of the Crown or a government department.

We do not require your consent to share or process your data, but you do have the right to know how and for what purpose your data is being collected, held and used. In addition, you have the right to obtain confirmation that your data is being processed, and to access your personal data. You also have the right to have any incorrect personal data corrected.

The information provided may be shared with other organisations as part of the application process and/or for evaluation purposes. The organisations it may be shared with include:

  • Other housing associations participating in the pilot, particularly if you are using the portable discount
  • The National Housing Federation (NHF) for monitoring purposes.
  • The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) for monitoring purposes, and for evaluation work and research.
  • Homes England for monitoring purposes, and for purposes of payment of the discount.
  • Organisation(s) appointed on behalf of the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to undertake evaluation work and research.
  • Other organisations as necessary for confirming your eligibility and providing assurance needed for the prevention of fraud and other illegal activities.

In signing this application form you confirm that:

  • You understand how your personal and personal sensitive data will be used by the Association, and that you agree to your information be processed accordingly.
  • You understand that information that you provide as part of your application will be shared with third parties for the purposes of identifying and preventing fraud, money laundering and/or any other illegal activity, as well as for auditing purposes, and that where such activity of any kind is uncovered, not only will it result in the cancellation of your application, but may also result in further action being taken by the authorities or by your landlord.
  • You understand that your Housing Association may share your personal data with other organisations as needed to process your application and for evaluation and research purposes, and that this may include more sensitive, “special category” data such as your race, and details of any disability.
  • You understand that your Housing Association may approach other organisations to ask for personal and personal sensitive data and other relevant information about you as needed to process your application, and that these organisations may provide the Housing Association with this data.

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I confirm all signatories to this application have read and understood the above Data Protection Notice