Right to Buy Qualification
If you are a tenant in council property, you may be able to buy your home from us. To qualify, you must have spent at least five years as:
- A tenant of Leeds City Council;
- A tenant of another council or housing association; or
- If you have lived in armed forces accommodation.
If you have had a break as a tenant, you can still include previous tenancies.
You may not be able to buy some types of property. These include:
- Specialist housing for the elderly, or disabled people;
- A property that you have in connection with your job; and
- Not having a secure tenancy, e.g. an introductory tenancy.
You may be able to buy your home with a discount. The longer you have been a tenant, the larger your discount.
- If you live in a house, you could get a discount between 35 per cent and 60 per cent of its value
- If you live in a flat, you could get a discount between 50 and 70 per cent of its value.
The maximum discount for any property is £75,000.
Buying a flat or maisonette
As a tenant of a flat or maisonette, you will buy your council home on a ‘lease’. This is normally for 125 years but it can be for a shorter period.
As well as your mortgage, you will also have to pay an annual service charge for services provided by the Council.
Information for leaseholders
We have included our guide for leaseholders in the Documents section on this page.
Selling your home
If you buy your home, you can sell it in the future. However, if you sell it in less than five years, you will have to pay back some or all of the discount.
Tel. (0113) 247 6041 / 247 6042
Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm
Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
Leeds City Council
Home Ownership Team
5th Floor East