To have the Right to Buy you must have either a secure or flexible council tenancy. You also need a "qualifying period" of at least 3 years of relevant tenancies or periods in H.M. Armed Forces accommodation.
Most tenants who have a secure or flexible tenancy and the required qualifying period will have the right to buy, but there are exceptions to this. Although most applications are straightforward, legislation governing the right to buy can be complex and may cause a delay to your purchase.
Your qualifying period is the duration of your current tenancy plus the duration of any previous tenancies with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. Your qualifying period also includes any time living in H.M. Armed Forces accommodation.
Tenancies with other public sector landlords, such as other councils, housing associations, the Commission for the New Towns and National Health Service Trusts are also included. In some cases you can also count the tenancies that have been held by your husband, wife, or civil partner, or a former husband, wife, or civil partner, and in cases of succession your parents' tenancy.
The Right to Buy belongs to the tenant (or joint tenants) of the property. In some cases, your partner and other members of your family who are living with you can be included on your application.
You are not eligible for the Right to Buy scheme if you:
Even if you have a secure tenancy or a flexible tenancy and the correct qualifying period, you may still not be able to buy. You do not have the Right to Buy if:
To complete your purchase you will, of course, need to pay the purchase price of the property. We will not complete the sale if you owe rent or any other money due from you as a tenant, such as court costs or rechargeable repairs for example.