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Buying your council home

Right to Buy

If you are a council tenant and want to buy your home your tenancy agreement gives you the legal right to do so. One of the following conditions must apply:

  • you have been a secure tenant with us, or another council or a registered housing association for a minimum of 3 years (applications received from 26 May 2015)
  • you do not live in a certain type of home, for example, a house specially adapted for elderly or disabled residents.

One of the benefits of being a council tenant is that you can buy your home with a discount based on your tenancy. The amount of discount depends on how long you have been a tenant. 

The Right to Buy maximum discount increases from the 6th April 2020 to £84,200 for both flat and house purchases.

Some dos and don’ts

Do take some time to think about some of the other costs that you will have to budget for. As a tenant your rent includes things like buildings insurance and a free repairs service. If you buy your home you will have to pay for these yourself.

Don’t be taken in by "right to buy" sales people who may try to get you to sign on the doorstep and ask for a fee.

Do get independent financial advice from a bank or building society.

Do contact our customer services team on 01753 875491 / 875492 if you would like further advice or information. Our team are there to help you and the advice you receive will be free.

If you are interested in buying your home they will send out an information pack and an application form. You can contact the customer services team between 9am and 4.45pm any weekday. Or you can email:

More details can be found in the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government Right to Buy guide and the Summary booklet.

There is also a guide for if you are thinking of buying your council flat.

Application form

  • Right to buy pack - includes application form, plus anti money laundering and insolvency declarations.

Once you have completed your application and collated the required supporting documentation please call 01753 875407 / 01753 875215 or 01753 875367. This is to book an appointment to arrange a verification interview and submit your application. Each applicant wishing to participate in the Right to Buy Scheme will be required to attend and bring with them two forms of original identification and 12 months proof of residency. An officer will verify the application / supporting documentation you provide and go through the Right to Buy process with you at the interview (in detail), answering any queries you may wish to raise.

Contact us

Contact Housing Services

01753 475111

Housing Services
Slough Borough Council
Observatory House
25 Windsor Road
Slough, SL1 2EL

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