After renting a council property for some time, you may be able to purchase the property at below open market value – this is called Right to Buy. Lenders are happy to help and in some circumstances may not require you to put in your own deposit.
What is a Right To Buy Mortgage
The Right to Buy Mortgage is a government-sponsored program that offers loans to people who want to buy their own homes. If you have rented a council house for some time, you may be able to acquire it for less than open market value through the Right to Buy. Some lenders may not even require a deposit.
You may be able to acquire a council house for less than open market value if you have rented it for some time – this is known as the Right to Buy. Lenders are delighted to assist, and in certain circumstances, they may not even require a deposit.
The Right to Buy Mortgage has both advantages and disadvantages
On the one hand, it can help people buy their homes more easily and at a lower price than they would be able to on the open market. It also provides security for lenders, as the government guarantees the loan.
On the other hand, there is a risk that people will default on the loan, and the government will have to step in and cover the costs. This could lead to higher taxes or cuts in other government programs.
The Right to Buy Mortgage is a good option for people who are sure they can afford the payments and who want to buy their own home. However, it is not right for everyone. Make sure you understand the risks before you make a decision.
Am I qualified for the Right to Buy?
You will qualify for the Right to Buy scheme if:
- You’ve been a council or housing association tenant for at least three years, but not always for the same duration.
- The home is your only or main residence.
- You’re not a resident of sheltered housing for the elderly or disabled.
- You don’t have any significant debt difficulties, such as bankruptcy.
- You don’t have any outstanding possession judgments against you.
- Your home won’t be destroyed for a long time.
Affordability criteria for Right to Buy mortgages
The Right to Buy mortgage is a more affordable option for borrowers, as it is less risky for lenders. This makes it a more attractive choice for people who are looking to buy a home.
If you want to buy a council home, you will be subject to the same mortgage qualification standards as any other loan applicant. Your income and spending will be calculated, and you’ll have to pass a credit check from the lender.
You’ll probably be asked to produce several years of accounts if you’re self-employed, as proof of your earnings.
Even if you qualify for a substantial Right to Buy discount, you probably won’t be able to get a mortgage if you have no source of income from employment or self-employment.
Mortgage affordability can be estimated taking into account a variety of benefits, however, housing benefits cannot. That’s because, unlike certain kinds of benefits, housing benefit isn’t transferable and can’t be used to pay a mortgage after it expires.
How much is the discount for Right to Buy mortgages?
The amount you can claim depends on whether you live in a house or a flat. It is calculated based on the total duration of your public-sector tenancy, not just the time you currently reside there.
You may receive a 35% reduction after three years if you rent for three or more years. The discount rises by 1% each year for every additional year up to a maximum of 70% after five years.
After three years, you may receive a 50% reduction in rent. After five years as a public-sector tenant, the discount rises by 2% for each additional year you have stayed, up to a maximum of 70%.
If you’re buying a home or a flat – check the government’s Right to Buy website for the most up-to-date restrictions. Non-disclosure agreements and deposits are required for many purchases, but some real estate companies offer cash discounts of up to 30%.
How long is the right to buy process
The process for obtaining a Right to Buy mortgage is not as long as the process for obtaining a traditional mortgage. In most cases, you will only need to provide a few documents to show that you meet the eligibility requirements. The government will also do a credit check to make sure you are a responsible borrower.
If you are approved for the Right to Buy mortgage, you will be able to close on the sale of your home within a few weeks. The government will then send you the deed to your home, and you will be responsible for making the monthly payments.
It is important to remember that you are still subject to the same rules and regulations as any other homeowner. This means that you will be responsible for paying property taxes, maintaining your home, and following any zoning laws in your area.
The Right to Buy procedure consists of five stages. You may cancel your application at any time up to the end of the purchase, but if you do so at a late point, you will be responsible for your solicitor’s and survey costs.
The five steps consist of the following:
Step one – Complete an application form
You’ll need to find a lender who offers Right to Buy mortgages and get an agreement in principle (AIP). This is a statement from the lender that they’re willing to lend you a certain amount of money, based on the information you provide about your income, outgoings, and credit history.
Step two – Get acceptance or refusal of your application
If your application is accepted, you will be able to move on to the next step. If your application is refused, you may want to talk to a lawyer about your options. You may be able to appeal the decision or try to get a traditional mortgage instead.
Step three – Have your property valued and get a formal offer
Your property will need to be valued by a surveyor. Once this is done, the lender will make you a formal offer, which you can accept or reject.
Step four – Refuse or accept the offer
You have only 12 weeks to respond to the questions or refusal, acceptance, or whatever you choose. If you don’t reply in time, your application might be rejected.
If you accept the offer, you will need to sign a contract and pay a deposit. If you refuse the offer, you can try to negotiate a better deal or look for another lender.
Step Five – Go through the conveyancing process
You will need to instruct a solicitor or conveyancer to help you with the legal process of buying your home. They will check that the property is registered correctly and that there are no outstanding debts or other problems.
The conveyancing process can take up to eight weeks, but it can sometimes be quicker. Once everything is finished, you will be the owner of your home.
It may appear to be quite complicated, but our team of professionals can assist you every step of the way through the Right to Buy process and application.
If you’re considering acquiring a council house or want information on how to begin, please contact us.