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Buying your home

​As a tenant of Leeds City Council, you may have the right to buy your home.
This page will give you information about the Right To Buy process. You should always seek your own independent legal and financial advice before making any financial or other commitments.

Completed application forms should be sent to:
Home Ownership Team
5th Floor South
Thoresby House
Great George Street
Leeds, LS2 8BB


Use of personal data

Leeds City Council is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you provide on your Right to Buy application for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.​

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Click to expandHow long will it take to process my application to buy my home?

We should tell you within 4 weeks of applying if you have the right to buy.
You should have a price in writing from us within 12 weeks of applying to buy (if your home is a house/bungalow).
If you live in a flat or a maisonette, we have 16 weeks to tell you the price and details of service charges you will need to pay as a leaseholder.

Click to expandWho can apply to buy a council property?

​Some tenants with a Secure Tenancy Agreement can apply to buy their home.

Introductory Tenants cannot apply.

Some properties for the elderly or persons with disability may be exempt and cannot be bought. Check with the Home Ownership Team to find out if you live in one of these properties by emailing house.sales@leeds.gov.uk

There may be other reasons which may mean you cannot buy your home, such as if you are an un-discharged bankrupt, subject to a court order, in breach of any aspect of your Tenancy Agreement, Anti-social behaviour etc.

Click to expandWhat repairs can I ask for while waiting to buy my home?

If you apply to buy your home, we still have a duty (as your landlord) to carry out maintenance repairs to your home. 
If you need a repair, you should let us know as soon as possible so we can discuss what we can and cannot do.​ Call 0113 378 5685 or email house.sales@leeds.gov.uk.

Click to expandThe qualifying period

​To qualify, you must have spent at least three 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.

The qualifying period is the total number of years that you have spent as any of the above.

If you have had a break as a tenant, you can still include previous tenancies. 

Click to expandWho might not qualify for right to buy?

People with an un-discharged bankruptcy.
If you have composition/arrangement with creditors which remains unpaid.
People who have a bankruptcy petition pending against them.
If you have receiving order in force against you.

Click to expandThe discount available

​Tenants living in a house or bungalow are entitled to a discount of 35% on the value of the property, after the qualifying tenancy period of 3 years.

The discount remains at 35% up to and including year 5. At year 6 the discount will increase by 1% per completed year of tenancy up until the date of application to a maximum of 40 years and 70%.

Tenants living in a flat or maisonette are entitled to a discount of 50% on the value of the property after the qualifying tenancy period of 3 years.

The discount remains at 50% up to and including year 5. At year 6 the discount will increase by an additional 2% per completed year of tenancy up until the date of application to a maximum of 15 years and 70%.

Cost Floor: The Council cannot sell a property below the value of the costs it has spent on purchasing, building, improving and repairing the property in the past 10 years (15 years for properties built on or after April 2012).This may mean you will receive less discount than your years of tenancy entitle you to, or you may not receive any discount at all.

The maximum amount of discount which any tenant can receive is £78,600.

If you sell within 5 years of buying your home from the Council, you will have to re-pay all, some, and in some cases more, of the discount you received from the council. The amount you repay is based on the value of your home when you want to sell. If you have improved your home an agreed adjustment may be allowed for this work.

Click to expandWhat if I have asked for is more than just maintenance?

If a repair you have asked for is expensive - and something that would normally happen as part of a repairs programme, it may not be possible to do the work whilst you are still applying to buy your home. This is because it may affect the valuation of your home.

You may want to consider if you wish to buy your home in its present condition or decide to cancel your application and wait for the necessary work.

Click to expandImportant information about buying a flat or maisonette

​If you buy 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 their mortgage, Leaseholders are responsible for paying an annual service charge for services provided by the Council. The service charge covers repairs to the communal areas of the block. These include communal security lights, controlled entry doors, fall pipes, guttering, lifts, painting of communal areas, roofs, shared walkways and stairwells

Leaseholders are legally responsible for paying a share of the cost of any major works of repair and/or improvement to the block containing their flat.  This could include the following: re-roofing, new gutters, windows to communal areas, fire alarms and/or doors, controlled entry doors and replacement of lifts.

We have included our guide for leaseholders in the Documents section on this page

Click to expandIf I am buying a flat or maisonette, are there any other costs I may need to pay in the future?

When you buy your flat or maisonette as part of your lease, you become legally responsible for paying your share of the cost of any major works of repair and/or improvement to the block containing your flat.

This could include the following: re-roofing, new gutters, windows to communal areas, fire alarms and/or doors, controlled entry doors and replacement of lifts.

Click to expandHow long does the application to buy a home take?

The Home Ownership Team will tell you within 4 weeks of applying if you have the right to buy. They will provide you with the purchase price within 12 weeks of applying to buy a house or bungalow.

If you are applying to buy a flat or maisonette you will receive details of the purchase price and service charges within 16 weeks.

Click to expandIf I am buying a flat, what will be included in my annual service charge?

​Your service charge covers repairs to the communal areas of the block. These include: communal security lights; controlled  entry doors; fall pipes; guttering; lifts; painting of communal areas; roofs; shared walkways and stairwells.

Click to expandRequesting repairs while waiting to buy a council property.

If you have applied to buy your home the Council still have a duty, as your landlord, to carry out repairs to your home. 

If you need a repair, you should let us know as soon as possible so we can discuss what we can and cannot do.

If a repair you have asked for is expensive- and something that would normally happen as part of a repairs programme, it may not be possible to do the work whilst you are applying to buy your home. This is because it may affect the valuation of your home. ​​​

Click to expandCouncil homes on my estate are having improvements carried out. Will I be able to get these too?

​If you have applied for the right to buy your home, works to improve your home will not take place. Any major work would affect the valuation of the property.

Click to expandCan I sell an ex-council house back to the council?

You can sell an ex-council house back to the council if you meet the conditions of The Repurchase Policy.

Click to expandWill you do any repairs that still need doing after I have bought my home?

​No. We can only carry out any agreed repairs before you complete the purchase of your home.

Click to expandIf I have carried out my own home improvements, will they affect how much I have to pay for the property?

​We will not take into account any home improvements you have made when evaluating the cost of the property.

Click to expandWill the amount I have to pay increase if it takes longer than expected to process my application?

​We fix the value of your home from the date we receive your application, assessing the property’s condition at that time.

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