Right To Buy home ownership scheme

You may be eligible to purchase your property under the Right To Buy (RTB) scheme if:

  • the property is your only or principal home
  • you hold a secure tenancy with us
  • you have been a tenant for three years (two if your first tenancy started before 18 January 2005)

You can only claim the RTB if the property is your only or principal home throughout the duration of your RTB application.  If your circumstances change you must get in touch immediately.

If you are interested in buying your council home we recommend that you:

  • Estimate your home's value to assess whether you can afford it, using the RTB calculator
  • Make an appointment with us and we'll personally guide you through the application process. We'll answer any questions you have and help you to fill in all the necessary forms correctly. You can email us at leaseholdandrtbservices@harrow.gov.uk or use the online form below

Apply for Right to Buy

How much discount will I receive?

The size of your discount will depend on:

  • how long you have been a tenant
  • where you live
  • the type of property you are buying (whether it is a flat or a house)

The maximum discount we are allowed to give you is £127,900 (from 6 April 2023). If you sell your home within five years you will have to pay back some of the discount.

Joint purchases

You may be able to buy your home with a family member as long as they can prove they have lived in the property for at least the last 12 months. Details of this are on the form and in the booklet.

Buying a flat or maisonette

If you are buying a flat or maisonette you will have to pay service charges to the council. This is explained in the Right to Buy summary booklet and an estimate of these charges would be sent to you with the valuation reports.

After your application has been accepted

Once your right-to-buy application has been accepted, we will:

  • arrange for a valuation and survey
  • send you the valuation within three months of your application - you do not have to pay for this.

You will lose your right to buy if your tenancy ceases to be a secure tenancy.