Toolkit launched as demand for Right to Buy soars

An updated online toolkit has been created to support local authorities with the increase in demand for Right to Buy, the Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has announced.

The toolkit will include information to help landlords manage increased interest and enquiries as well as communications materials and branding guidelines. The pack is designed to help landlords understand and manage applications more effectively.

The government believes the toolkit will enable tenants through their landlords to get the best information and practical help possible to make informed decisions.

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said:

“We want as many people as possible to enjoy the security and stability of owning their own home.

“There has been great interest in Right to Buy and we are providing extra support for “local authorities and housing associations to make it even easier for people to take the first steps to buying a place of their own.”

Right to Buy allows most council tenants to buy their home at a discount. Since the reinvigoration of the Right to Buy scheme in 2012, nearly £964 million in sales receipts are being re-invested into building new homes; levering a further £2.2 billion of investment over the next 3 years.

The Voluntary Right to Buy will extend the discounts currently enjoyed by council tenants to 1.3 million housing association tenants giving them the chance to own their home too.

More than 32,100 housing association tenants have already registered their interest in taking up this option.

On the Government Right to Buy website tenants have access to a variety of tools such as an eligibility quiz to help work out their estimated discount level.

Right to Buy advisers are also on hand to answer any questions and help tenants through the process of buying their home.