Right to Buy

Housing

Alert

Impact of Coronavirus (COVID 19) on Right to Buy inspection

Our chief concern is the health and safety of our residents, and of our staff. We are doing everything we can to minimise the impact on the services you receive from us.

To keep everyone safer, we are limiting face to face meetings with residents.

This information relates to applications to purchase your home under the Right to Buy Scheme.

As you can appreciate, the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect how we inspect and value your property.

We remain committed in providing a service to you so that you can continue to go ahead with your Right to Buy application.

Due to the current situation we will stop physical inspections and will be carrying out desktop valuations until further notice.

In order to help us carry out our desktop valuation please can you do the following if you are able to:

  • Take a photograph of the outside of your property both front and back if you live in a house
  • Take a photograph of the outside of the block if you live in a flat or maisonette
  • Take a photograph of the bathroom and kitchen
  • Please contact us on email below and request an Improvements form which we will send to you and you need to fill out
  • Mention anything that you think should be taken into consideration and if possible take photographs of these

Please send the above information to RTB.Lease@walthamforest.gov.uk

You may need to send more than one email if the size of the photos or any files you wish to send are too big.

You can contact the RTB team on 07776 654587 or email RTB.Lease@walthamforest.gov.uk  if you are unable to send any of the above information.

We will also be collecting information from the Housing Department about your home in order to form an opinion on value.

Our valuation report will also make a note that we have not been able to inspect your home internally. It will also mention that we are faced with an unprecedented set of circumstances on which to base a judgement on value and recommend that this is frequently reviewed. We will be happy for you to have a copy of the valuation report upon request when we send the Offer Notice to you.

We will let you know when we will start a normal Right to Buy inspection and valuation service again.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding about this matter.

The Right to Buy scheme

The Right to Buy scheme can help you to buy your own home if you are a council or housing association tenant.

The scheme offers a discount of up to £112,300 (£84,200 outside London) off the market value of your home, if your application is received on, or after, 6 April 2020.

If your application is received before 6 April 2020, the maximum discount is £110,500 (£82,800 outside London). 

How do you qualify for Right to Buy?

You’ll need to have been a council or housing association tenant for at least three years.

However, we can take into consideration the time you spent as a tenant of another council, or housing association as a secure tenant.

If up to three family members have been living with you for at least 12 months, then they can join your Right to Buy application.  

More information on Right to Buy

Find more information on the government's Right to Buy website.

Or you can speak to our Homeownership Team for more information.

Email Rtb.lease@walthamforest.gov.uk

Phone 020 8496 4197 ext: 4044 / 5208 / 5204 / 5206 / 5207

How to apply for Right to Buy

When you want to apply for Right to Buy, download the application form to apply for your Right to Buy