Housing

Making a Right to Buy application

We use the RTB1 application form to decide whether you have the Right to Buy and the discount you are eligible for.

You can get an RTB1 form from our Customer Centre or contact us to have one posted to you. You can also download the RTB1 application form and find more information about the scheme on GOV.UK.

Send us your completed form, along with the relevant property checklist and an additional information request form:

Up to 4 weeks later (or 8 weeks for tenancies shorter than 2 years)

We will send you an RTB2 notice, which tells you if you have the Right to Buy.

Up to 8 weeks later (for houses) or 12 weeks later (for flats)

We will send you an offer notice (S125), setting out the property value, discount, price you’ll pay, terms and conditions. For leasehold properties only, we will send an estimate of service charges over the next 5 years.

Get financial and legal advice at this stage, if you haven’t already. It is also a good idea to arrange a survey of your home by an independent surveyor.

You then have 12 weeks to let us know what your decision is:

If you’re not happy with the price - the independent District Valuer from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will then value it. After getting the final price, you have 12 weeks to decide if you want to buy.

If you decide that you do want to buy - we can then begin the process. If you need a mortgage, talk to a bank or building society. You can also get free financial advice from the Money Advice Service.

Get more information on mortgages from the Financial Conduct Authority and the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

If you don’t let us know within 12 weeks

We will send you a warning notice. You have 4 weeks to reply and we will then ask you to:

  • complete the purchase within 8 weeks
  • or say that you disagree with the terms

If you don't reply we will send you a second notice (S141). If you don't complete or respond to this final notice your application is cancelled.

More information on the RTB process is available on the GOV.UK website.

Also see

Housing Asset Officer (Right to Buy)

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 556054