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Buying your home

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Homes owned by Cheltenham Borough Council

Right to Buy
You probably have the Right to Buy if you are a secure tenant of Cheltenham Borough Council.

Some types of properties (such as sheltered flats for the elderly) may be excluded, but most other flats, bungalows and houses can be bought.

You do not have to have lived in your present property for all of this time, since previous tenancies can count towards this period.

If you are thinking of buying your home, you can get a Right-to-Buy claim form and a leaflet from your area office.

If you exercise your Right to Buy, you will get a response notice from the Council either accepting or denying your right to buy. If accepted, your home will be valued, and you will be sent an offer notice telling you the valuation of your home, the discount allowed, the sale price and the conditions of sale.

Once you have applied to buy your home, CBH will not carry out any works to the property that could affect the valuation, with the exception of emergency repairs.

For more information visit: https://righttobuy.gov.uk or download:

Right to Buy leaflet

RTB1 - Right to Buy Application Form

Hard copies are available from our area office or by calling 0800 408 0000.

Homes owned by Cheltenham Borough Homes

Right to Acquire
The Right to Acquire was introduced by the government to allow some tenants of registered landlords to buy their home. The Right to Acquire is only applicable to CBH built properties which qualify for the scheme.

If you apply for the Right to Acquire and your application is successful, CBH will arrange for your property to be valued by an independent, qualified surveyor.

If you have the Right to Acquire, you will be entitled to a discount on buying your home from CBH.

The level of the discount is decided by the government and varies depending on which Local Authority area you live in.

Unlike the Right to Buy scheme, the discount does not change depending on how long you have been a public sector tenant. The discount you are entitled to will be deducted from the market value of your home and this will be the price at which you can buy your home.

To qualify for the Right to Acquire you and your home need to meet the following criteria:

  • If your first public sector tenancy started before 18 January 2005, you do not have the Right toAcquire until you have been a public sector tenant for 2 years (this can be at different properties).
  • If your first public sector tenancy started after 18 January 2005, you do not have the Right to Acquire until you have been a public sector tenant for 5 years (this can be at different properties).
  • Your property must have been bought or built by CBH using grant given by the Housing Corporation or Local Authority on or after 1st April 1997.

For more information download the below documents:

Right to Acquire Application form

Right to Acquire information booklet

Right to Acquire Discounts by Location

Hard copies and further information are available from our area office or by calling 0800 408 0000.

Alternatively you can visit www.direct.gov.uk for more information