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Buying the home you live in

As someone renting their property through L&Q, you may qualify to buy your home at a discounted rate through one of two government initiatives. These are the right to buy and the right to acquire schemes. Each scheme offers the benefit of buying your home with a discount, however each have separate eligibility criteria. The information below will give you more information on this.


Right to buy criteria

  • You must have a protected assured tenancy. You would have this if you had a home with your local authority and it was bought by L&Q through a stock transfer. Because you would have no choice in this transfer happening, your right to buy your local authority home is protected and L&Q must offer you this opportunity
  • You must have been a public sector tenant for at least three years
  • Your home is not about to be demolished. If you're not sure about this, check with L&Q
  • You don't have any legal problems with debt. For example, you're an un-discharged bankrupt, have a bankruptcy petition pending against you or have obtained a debt relief order
  • You don't have any outstanding possession orders

If you can answer yes the the statements above then you probably qualify for right to buy, but check with your landlord to confirm this.

From 6 April 2015 the maximum discount increased to £77,900 across England and £103,900 in London.

If you'd like to find out more about your right to buy then take a look at the government's frequently asked questions on eligibility. You can also use their right to buy calculator to help understand if you are eligible.

Right to acquire criteria

  • The right to acquire scheme started in April 1997 so this scheme is only available for homes built or funded after this time
  • You must have an assured tenancy
  • You must have been a public sector tenant for at least three years
  • Your home is not due to be demolished - check with L&Q if you're not sure
  • You don't have any legal problems with debt. For example, you're an un-discharged bankrupt, have a bankruptcy petition pending against you or have obtained a debt relief order
  • You don't have any outstanding possession orders
  • The discount available is between £9,000 and £16,000. The amount of discount you qualify for depends on the borough in which you live

Are all of L&Q's properties for sale?

Not all of L&Q's properties are available to buy under the right to buy or right to acquire schemes. This will be assessed at the first stage of the application process.

Where can I get more information?

If you've read the information in this section of the website and feel that you qualify, you can request an application pack by either contacting us online or calling 0800 015 6536.

There will some basic checks made we make before we send the application pack, but all final decisions will be made after a full application has been made.