Buying your home

​As a tenant of Leeds City Council, you may have the right to buy your home.

This page provides 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
3rd Floor West (South Office)
Civic Hall
Calverley Street
Leeds LS1 1UR

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.​​​

Frequently asked questions

 

 

Can I sell an ex-council house back to the council?Can I sell an ex-council house back to the council?<div class="ExternalClass874650FB438C4725927F9FFA36FA1DB5">You can sell an ex-council house back to the council if you meet the conditions of <a href="/docs/The%20Repurchase%20Policy%20(2015).pdf">The Repurchase Policy</a>.</div>
Council homes on my estate are having improvements carried out. Will I be able to get these too?Council homes on my estate are having improvements carried out. Will I be able to get these too?<div class="ExternalClass4B5323A3B61247C49D3CB9F9E0CB7EBE">​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.</div>
How long does the application to buy a home take?How long does the application to buy a home take?<div class="ExternalClass37BBBF5533304D1D9A086DAF8E1A5CC3"><p>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.</p> <p>If you are applying to buy a flat or maisonette you will receive details of the purchase price and service charges within 16 weeks.</p></div>
How long will it take to process my application to buy my home?How long will it take to process my application to buy my home?<div class="ExternalClass1EF5A3CD211546B5BE77239502775B28">We should tell you within 4 weeks of applying if you have the right to buy.<br>You should have a price in writing from us within 12 weeks of applying to buy (if your home is a house/bungalow).<br>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.</div>
Important information about buying a flat or maisonetteImportant information about buying a flat or maisonette<div class="ExternalClass56C3D917D3AE4C5C85CB9BE91578857A"><p>​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.</p><p>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</p><p>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.</p> <p>We have included our <a title="Guide for leaseholders download" href="/docs/Leaseholder%20Guide%20Jan%202016.pdf">guide for leaseholders </a>in the <strong>related documents</strong> section on this page</p></div>
If I am buying a flat, what will be included in my annual service charge?If I am buying a flat, what will be included in my annual service charge?<div class="ExternalClass617E2E31C01C4094B697A3A4E82B2267">​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.</div>
If I have carried out my own home improvements, will they affect how much I have to pay for the property?If I have carried out my own home improvements, will they affect how much I have to pay for the property?<div class="ExternalClass5A5CB7E81E484DDFB249FC6493442C88">​We will not take into account any home improvements you have made when evaluating the cost of the property.</div>
If I am buying a flat or maisonette, are there any other costs I may need to pay in the future?If I am buying a flat or maisonette, are there any other costs I may need to pay in the future?<div class="ExternalClass72FC81B8002043B49228CB1AB2C0A607">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. <br><br>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.</div>
Requesting repairs while waiting to buy a council property.Requesting repairs while waiting to buy a council property.<div class="ExternalClass9948B88DAC7A42659E24CC75CCED0D3B"><p>If you have applied to buy your home the Council still have a duty, as your landlord, to carry out repairs to your home.  </p> <p><span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span>If you need a repair, you should let us know as soon as possible so we can discuss what we can and cannot do.</p> <p>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. ​​​</p></div>
The discount availableThe discount available<div class="ExternalClassF4E28D6E57F144CE90EC5BB4D9B091CD"><p>​Tenants living in a <strong>house or bungalow</strong> are entitled to a discount of 35% on the value of the property, after the qualifying tenancy period of 3 years.</p> <p>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%. </p> <p>Tenants living in a <strong>flat or maisonette </strong>are entitled to a discount of 50% on the value of the property after the qualifying tenancy period of 3 years.</p> <p>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%.</p> <p><strong>Cost Floor:</strong> 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. </p> <p><strong>The maximum amount of discount which any tenant can receive is £78,600.<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span> </strong></p> <p>If you <strong>sell within 5 years </strong>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. </p></div>
The qualifying periodThe qualifying period<div class="ExternalClass26DE9347992E44DAB70DAF4D90BDF2BA"><p>​To qualify, you must have spent at least three years as:</p> <p>  A tenant of Leeds City Council;</p> <p>  A tenant of another council or housing association; or</p> <p>  If you have lived in armed forces accommodation.</p> <p>The qualifying period is the total number of years that you have spent as any of the above. </p> <p>If you have had a break as a tenant, you can still include previous tenancies.  <br></p></div>
Who can apply to buy a council property?Who can apply to buy a council property?<div class="ExternalClass31586439B1544CC4B5030EAE0396EF78"><p>​Some tenants with a Secure Tenancy Agreement can apply to buy their home.</p> <p>Introductory Tenants cannot apply.</p> <p>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 <strong><a href="mailto:house.sales@leeds.gov.uk">house.sales@leeds.gov.uk</a></strong></p> <p>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.</p></div>
Will the amount I have to pay increase if it takes longer than expected to process my application?Will the amount I have to pay increase if it takes longer than expected to process my application?<div class="ExternalClass70C4AA0B59BE4CAD8FAE1C3E2F6201F1">​We fix the value of your home from the date we receive your application, assessing the property’s condition at that time.</div>
What if the repair I have asked for is more than just maintenance?What if the repair I have asked for is more than just maintenance?<div class="ExternalClassF926C4D9C6E840838993AA12902D9697">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. <br><br>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. ​</div>
What repairs can I ask for while waiting to buy my home?What repairs can I ask for while waiting to buy my home?<div class="ExternalClass413C240A9CDC4542BADD8D67ACB16D45"><p>If you apply to buy your home, we still have a duty (as your landlord) to carry out maintenance repairs to your home.  <br>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 <strong>0113 378 5685</strong> or email <strong><a href="mailto:house.sales@leeds.gov.uk">house.sales@leeds.gov.uk</a></strong>.</p></div>
Who might not qualify for right to buy?Who might not qualify for right to buy?<div class="ExternalClass67209BEF78574D19B7216DBFBF8A056B">People with an un-discharged bankruptcy. <br>If you have composition/arrangement with creditors which remains unpaid. <br>People who have a bankruptcy petition pending against them. <br>If you have receiving order in force against you.</div>
Will you do any repairs that still need doing after I have bought my home?Will you do any repairs that still need doing after I have bought my home?<div class="ExternalClassA833D24230BF4C54912C826077061CEE">​No. We can only carry out any agreed repairs before you complete the purchase of your home.</div>

 

 

The Repurchase Policy- Selling an ex council house back to the councilhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/The Repurchase Policy (2015).pdf143305pdf
Right to Buy summaryhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Right to Buy summary.pdf595817pdf
Application form RTB1https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Application form RTB1.pdf449201pdf
Leaseholder Guide Jan 2016https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Leaseholder Guide Jan 2016.pdf907161pdf
Tenants Guide to the Right to Buyhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Tenants Guide to the Right to Buy.pdf390487pdf
Your right to buy your flathttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Thinking of buying your Flat.pdf365110pdf
Your right to buy your homehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Your Right to Buy Your Home.pdf489595pdf

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