Notice claiming the Right to Buy
(RTB1 form)
Please use this form if you are a council or housing association tenant and wish to
purchase your home under the Right to Buy or Preserved Right to Buy schemes.
You could be eligible for a Right to Buy discount if:
You are a council tenant OR you were a council tenant and were living in your
home when it was transferred to your current housing association landlord
The property is your only or main home
You have been a public sector tenant (usually a tenant of a council or a housing
association) for at least 3 years
You don’t live in sheltered housing or other housing particularly suitable for
elderly or disabled people
Your home is not due to be demolished
You don’t have any legal problems with debt
You don’t have any outstanding possession orders
If you can answer ‘yesto these statements, you are probably eligible but your landlord
will need to conrm this.
Remember, buying your home is a big decision. If you haven’t done so already, you
should get impartial nancial and legal advice before buying. You can get free
information and advice from:
t Your landlord
t The Government’s Right to Buy website: www.communities.gov.uk/righttobuy
and helpline: 0300 123 0913
t The Government’s booklets – Want to make your home your own? and Your Right
to Buy your Home
t For legal matters contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau:
www.citizensadvice.org.uk
t For budgeting and nancial advice, contact the Money Advice Service:
0300 500 5000; www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk
When you have completed this form, take it or send it by recorded delivery to your
landlord. If you take it by hand, ask for a receipt. You should keep a copy of the
completed form.
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Part A: The property
Note:
You can only claim the Right to Buy discount if you are a tenant of this property.
Give the following details:
Address of the property you wish to buy
(including postcode) Name of your landlord
Please turn the page
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Part B: The tenant(s) and family member(s) wishing to share the
Right to Buy
Notes:
Tenant
1. You have the right to be a tenant if your name appears on the tenancy agreement, rent book or rent card. If
you are unsure whether you are a tenant, you should check with your landlord.
2. You can only claim th e R ight to Buy if the property is youronly or main home. If you are applying to buy jointly
with other tenants, only one of you needs to live in the property as your only or main home’.
3. The agreement of any tenant who does not wish to buy must be obtained before you claim the Right to Buy.
They should sign Part F of this notice. Their tenancy will end when you buy the property.
Family member
1. You may share the Right to Buy with up to three family members over the age of 18. They must be a spouse,
civil partner or wider family member, but do not have to be tenants themselves. Wider family members must
have also lived in the property as their main home for at least the last 12 months.
2. If you are unsure whether someone qualies as a family member for this purpose, you should check with
your landlord. You can ask your landlord to allow family members who havent lived with you for 12 months
to buy with you, but they do not have to agree to this.
Fill in the table below for each tenant of the property, and then for any family member(s) who are not
tenants but wish to share the Right to Buy with you.
Title Full name
Do they
wish to
buy
(Y/N)?
Only/
main
home
(
Y/N)
Tenant 1
Tenant 2
Tenant 3
Title Full name
Have they lived
in this property
for the last 12
months (Y/N)?
Do they
wish t
o
buy
(Y/N)?
Relationship
to tenant
(son, etc)
Only/
main
home
(Y/N)
Family
member 1
Family
member 2
Family
member 3
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Part C: Qualication and discount
Note:
You must have been a public sector tenant for at least three years to qualify to buy your home at a discount.
You do not need to have spent the full three years in your present home or with your present landlord. In
some circumstances periods which another person (such as your husband, wife or civil partner) has spent
as a public sector tenant or armed forces occupier can count towards your qualifying period.
The longer you have been a tenant, the bigger the discount you could be eligible for. Maximum discount
levels apply. For details of the current discount levels, please go to www.communities.gov.uk/righttobuy.
Please give details of:
t Your current tenancy
t Previous tenancies
t Previous tenancies of your spouse/civil partner
t Previous tenancies of your spouse/civil partners ex-partner (if they were married at the time or if
they were living together at the time of death)
t If you are claiming a tenancy that was not in your name please tell us your relationship to the
tenant of that address
t You should also sign the Authority to Disclose form if you are claiming a previous tenancy with a
dierent landlord so that we can conrm the details.
Current tenancy
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If 'yes' - give details
Property address (including postcode)
Name of tenant 1
Name of tenant 2
Name of tenant 3
Date tenancy started (MM/YY)
Yes
No
Previous tenancy details
Name of tenant
Landlord of the property (e.g. name of
council/housing association)
Property address (including postcode)
Enter date tenancy started (MM/YYYY)
Enter date tenancy ended (MM/YYYY)
Previous tenancy details
Name of tenant
Landlord of the property (e.g. name of
council/housing associa
tion)
Property address (including postcode)
Enter date tenancy started (MM/YYYY)
Enter date tenancy ended (MM/YYYY)
Previous tenancy details
Name of tenant
Landlord of the property (e.g. name of
council/housing associa
tion)
Property address (including postcode)
Enter date tenancy started (MM/YYYY)
Enter date tenancy ended (MM/YYYY)
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Previous tenancy details
Name of tenant
Landlord of the property (e.g. name of
council/housing association)
Property address (including postcode)
Enter date tenancy started (MM/YYYY)
Enter date tenancy ended (MM/YYYY)
Previous tenancy details
Name of tenant
Landlord of the property (e.g. name of
council/housing associa
tion)
Property address (including postcode)
Enter date tenancy started (MM/YYYY)
Enter date tenancy ended (MM/YYYY)
Previous tenancy details
Name of tenant
Landlord of the property (e.g. name of
council/housing associa
tion)
Property address (including postcode)
Enter date tenancy started (MM/YYYY)
Enter date tenancy ended (MM/YYYY)
Please turn the page
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Authority to disclose
Please complete this form if you have claimed any tenancy with another landlord. It will help us to
process your application more quickly.
Name(s):
Address:
Postcode: Date (DD/MM/YYY):
I have provided details of all previous tenancies in my application form for the Right to Buy (RTB1) and I give
consent for my landlord to request and receive any information relating to any previous tenancy I have
claimed towards my qualication criteria and discount entitlement for the Right to Buy.
All tenants must sign this form, even if they aren’t joining in the Right to Buy
Tenants’ signatures:
Signed (Tenant 1): Signed (Tenant 2):
Signed (Tenant 3):
Family members signatures:
Signed (Family member 1): Signed (Family member 2):
Signed (Family member 3):
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* Sign by hand after printing completed form
Part D: Previous discount
Note:
You may get a lower discount if you purchased through Right to Buy on another home (or a dierent government
scheme). The amount of your previous discount, less any amount repaid, will be taken into account when
determining the discount value for your current purchase.
Give details below of any previous purchase, at a discount, from a public sector landlord (see the list of
public sector landlords at the end of this form) which you or your husband, wife or civil partner, or deceased
husband, wife or civil partner, have made. If you are making a joint application, provide details in relation to
each purchaser.
Address of the property Date of purchase
(including postcode) Name of your landlord (MM/YYYY)
Name of purchaser(s)
When?
Address of the property Date of purchase
(including postcode) Name of your landlord (MM/YYYY)
Name of purchaser(s)
When?
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If 'Yes', how much?
Have you ever repaid any of the discount given?
Yes
No
If 'Yes', how much?
Have you ever repaid any of the discount given?
Yes
No
Part E: Tenants’ improvements
Note:
When the property is valued, any improvements which you have made will not be included in the valuation.
You should use this application form to give details of any improvements you have made which you think may
aect the valuation. This could include central heating, double glazing, a tted kitchen or a new bathroom suite.
The value of improvements will also be ignored where they were carried out by either:
t your predecessor in the same tenancy (including an introductory tenancy at the start of the tenancy); or
t a family member who was a secure or introductory tenant of the property immediately before you under a
dierent tenancy.
Give the following details of any tenants improvements to the property (tick those that apply):
General decoration
Flooring
Kitchen ttings
Bathroom ttings
Garden landscaping
Other?
Give details:
Give details:
Give details:
Give details:
Give details:
Give details:
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Part F: Signatures
To the best of my/our knowledge and belief the information that has been provided on this form is true,
complete and correct. I/we understand it is used in determining my/our eligibility for the Right to Buy.
I/we understand that if I/we give false or misleading information or I/we omit information for the purpose
of gaining the Right to Buy, it may be regarded as a criminal oence and action could be taken against
me/us including court action and the recovery of property.
Tenant 1:
Signature
Full name
Date of birth Date (DD/MM/YYYY)
Phone number
Email address (optional):
Tenant 3:
Signature
Full name
Date of birth Date (DD/MM/YYYY)
Phone number
Email address (optional):
Tenant 2:
Signature
Full name
Date of birth Date (DD/MM/YYYY)
Phone number
Email address (optional):
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* Sign by hand after printing completed form
Tenant(s) not wishing to buy:
Note:
Your tenancy will end if the purchase goes ahead.
Signature Signature
Full name
Date of birth Date (DD/MM/YYYY)
Family member 1 (who is not a tenant but is
sharing the Right to Buy):
Signature
Full name
Date of birth Date (DD/MM/YYYY)
Family member 3 (who is not a tenant but is
sharing the Right to Buy):
Signature
Full name
Date of birth Date (DD/MM/YYYY)
Full name
Date of birth Date (DD/MM/YYYY)
Family member 2 (who is not a tenant but is
sharing the Right to Buy):
Signature
Full name
Date of birth Date (DD/MM/YYYY)
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* Sign by hand after printing completed form
Before you send your form to your landlord
Before you send this application form to your landlord, make a copy and check that you have completed the
following:
The full address of the property you want to buy (make sure you have included the area where
you live and the full postcode).
The name of your landlord e.g. Nottingham City Council.
The full names of everyone listed on your tenancy agreement/rent book (e.g. RICK SMITH
would probably be RICHARD JAMES SMITH). Make sure you tick the boxes to say whether the
property is each tenant’s only or principal property, and if they wish to buy. On joint tenancies,
not all tenants may wish to buy.
The full names of any family members who wish to share the Right to Buy with you. They must
be a family member, spouse or civil par
tner. They must have lived in the property as their main
home for at least the last 12 months. They must be over 18.
Details of your current and previous public sector tenancies. Make sure you have completed
dat
es, names of tenants, addresses and name of landlord for your tenancies, those of your
spouse/civil partner, those of your former spouse/civil partner who you have divorced or who
has died, parents who previously held the tenancy.
Details of any discount previously received under the Right to Buy or other government home
ownership schemes
, for example Right to Acquire. You do not need to give details of
applications, only purchases.
Details of any improvements you have made to the property. The improvements may have
increased the v
alue of the property. If you disclose them in your application, the value of the
improvements will not be included in the valuation of the property so you dont pay twice.
Signatures of everyone listed on your tenancy agreement/rent book and any family members
who wish to shar
e the Right to Buy with you. Make sure all tenants sign in the correct place.
Have YOU signed the form (Part F)?
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STOP – HAVE YOU CHECKED YOU HAVE INCLUDED ALL THE INFORMATION on page 12?
What happens next?
Tear this sec tion o and use to keep a note of important dates and information as you go through the process
Please ll this in as you go along:
1. Now you have completed your application, make a copy and take or send it by recorded delivery to your landlord.
If you take it in person, dont forget to get a receipt.
Did you get a receipt? Receipt date and number:
2. Landlord conrms if you are eligible (RTB 2 form) – your landlord has up to 4 weeks from receipt of your application to reply
conrming whether you have the Right to Buy, or 8 weeks if you have been with your current landlord for less than 3 years.
My landlord should conrm or deny my eligibility by:
3. Receive an oer – your landlord has to send your oer notice within a specic time from the date you receive your RTB2
conrming your eligibility. This is within 8 weeks where your home is freehold (usually houses or bungalows); or within 12
weeks where it is leasehold (usually ats or maisonettes).
I should receive my oer notice by:
This oer notice, which is known as a s125 notice, sets out:
t The landlord’s valuation of your property*, your discount, the price you’ll pay.
t Any structural problems the landlord knows about.
t Any terms and conditions of the purchase.
t For leasehold properties only, the s125 oer notice will also include an estimate of the service charges that you will need to
pay over the next 5 years.
* If you are not happy with your landlord’s valuation you have the right to ask for an independent valuation by a District
Valuer.
4. Decide if you want to go ahead with your Right to Buy – you have up to 12 weeks to accept your landlord’s oer. It’s during
this time that you’ll need to arrange a mortgage or loan if you need one, get a survey and hire a solicitor. Get independent
nancial and legal advice (if you haven’t already done so) and check you understand all the costs before you sign anything. I
need to respond to my landlord’s oer by:
5. Complete the purchase – Once youre happy with your landlord’s terms and have arranged how you will pay for your home,
carry on and complete your purchase.
It’s usually during this time that you pay your stamp duty (if applicable) and nalise and sign the paperwork.
Your solicitor will advise you and help with arrangements for these nal stages of the process.
I could be a homeowner on:
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Public sector landlords (see Parts C and D)
Community councils
Local Authorities
New town corporations
Parish councils
Urban development corporations
Housing Action Trusts
Registered social landlords (but not co-operative
housing associations)
Government departments
Ministers of the Crown
Secretary of State (in some circumstances)
Area electricity boards
Fire and rescue authorities
Internal drainage boards
National Health Service trusts and foundation trusts
Passenger transport executives
Police authorities
Water authorities
AFRC Institute for Grassland and Animal Production
Agricultural and Food Research Council
British Airports Authority
British Broadcasting Corporation
British Coal Corporation
British Gas Corporation
British Railways Board
British Steel Corporation
British Waterways Board
Central Electricity Generating Board
Church Commissioners
Civil Aviation Authority
Coal Authority
Electricity Council
English Sports Council
Environment Agency
Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for
England
Housing Corporation
Lake District Special Planning Board
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Medical Research Council
National Bus Company
Natural England (in some circumstances)
Natural Environment Research Council
Peak Park Joint Planning Board
Post Oce
Science and Engineering Research Council
Sports Council
Transport for London
Trinity House (in some circumstances)
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
United Kingdom Sports Council
In Wales:
Countryside Council for Wales
National Assembly for Wales (in some
circumstances)
National Library of Wales
National Museum of Wales
Sports Council for Wales
In Scotland:
Councils
Development corporations
Housing associations (in some circumstances)
Water authorities
Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board
Scottish Homes
Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Sports Council
South of Scotland Electricity Board
In Northern Ireland:
District councils
Education and Library Boards
Registered housing associations
Fire Authority for Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Electricity Service
Northern Ireland Housing Executive
Northern Ireland Policing Board
Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company
Sports Council for Northern Ireland
In respect of housing co-operative agreements
In England and Wales, a local housing authority,
new town corporation, or the Development Board
for Rural Wales.
In Scotland, a local housing authority.
And any predecessor of these landlords.
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