The basic facts

The Right to Buy scheme has helped almost 1.6 million Council tenants in England buy their own homes. In many cases, it has encouraged more affluent tenants to remain in the neighbourhoods they have lived in for many years, helping create stable, mixed income communities.

The scheme enables local authority secure tenants with at least three years tenancy to buy their homes at a discount price. It is targeted at well-established public tenants, with the discount increasing in rough proportion to the years they have been paying rent.      

The Right to Buy scheme is open to virtually any secure tenant who can afford to buy, with the exception of homes occupied in connection with their employment and housing specially provided for older people and (in certain cases) disabled people.  

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