Right To Buy

Last Modified August 14, 2020


Can I Buy My Home?

If you are a tenant of Blackpool Council and are thinking of buying your home under the Right To Buy Scheme, you will need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

Criteria

  • You are a Secure Tenant
  • You have spent a total of at least 3 years as a tenant of Blackpool Council, another Right to Buy landlord, a similar public body or in accommodation provided by the Armed Forces
  • The property is your only or main home

 

Can I Afford It?

Buying your home is a major financial commitment and if you are buying the lease (this applies to flats not houses) you will therefore be responsible for paying Service Charges twice a year.

You need to ask yourself if you can afford the cost of home ownership - as this can include:

  • Mortgage Payments
  • Life Insurance, Mortgage Protection Insurance, Buildings and Contents Insurance
  • Council Tax
  • Utilities such as Water, Gas and Electricity
  • Ongoing repairs and maintenance of your property

 

Miscellaneous Charges - Freeholders

Please note that the following fees and charges may be charged for work we carry out at your request. The charge must be paid in advance of the service requested and the information/consent will not be released until payment is received.

Miscellaneous Service Charges

Service Requested 

Charge 

 VAT at 20%

Total Charge 

Enquiries relating to selling your property (this does not include Right of First Refusal enquiries)

 £75

 £15

 £90

Consent/retrospective for internal or external works

£50 

£10 

£60 

Consent/retrospective for internal or external works if visit(s) required

 £100

 £20

 £120

You can contact the Home Ownership Team for more information by emailing: homeownership@bch.co.uk or calling 01253 477983. If a team member is not available please leave your name and number and we will call you back.


 

The Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government has published a useful information booklet for people who are considering buying their Council flat.

https://righttobuy.gov.uk/