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There are three schemes enabling social housing tenants to buy the home they rent.

  • Right to buy

    If you are a former tenant of Sevenoaks District Council, who transferred to the newly formed West Kent Housing Association on 23 March 1989, you have an assured/protected tenancy and so may have the 'Right to Buy' your home.

    If you're an assured/secure tenant, you have the right to buy the freehold of a house, or the leasehold if you live in a flat, provided:

    • the home transferred from Sevenoaks District Council on the 23 March 1989
    • West Kent owns the freehold
    • it is your only or principal home.

    The Right to Buy is not means tested so your financial circumstances are not taken into account. Tenants receiving income support or housing benefit may also apply to buy.

    If you're interested contact us.

  • Right to acquire

    The Housing Act 1996 introduced the Right to Acquire, which allows some housing association tenants to buy their homes at a discount while ensuring those properties lost to West Kent through sale are replaced.

    If you live in a home we acquired or built using social housing grant after 1 April 1997 and you're an assured or secure tenant with a minimum tenancy period, you may have the Right to Acquire.

    If you're an assured or secure tenant, you have the right to acquire the freehold of a house, or the leasehold if you live in a flat, provided:

    • the home was acquired or built using social housing grant funding from the 1 April 1997
    • West Kent owns the freehold
    • it is your only or principal home.

    For more information please contact us.

  • Voluntary Right to Buy scheme

    In 2015, the Government made a commitment in its manifesto to extend 'Right to Buy' to housing association tenants. This will be known as the Voluntary Right to Buy Scheme (VRTB).

    This scheme offers the same level of discounts as the existing Right to Buy scheme and is in its trial period with five country-wide housing associations. When this trial has ended, the Government will be in a position to roll the scheme forward for all housing associations tenants.

    As yet the format of the new scheme and how it will be run has not been released. We anticipate this will happen in no sooner than late 2017 and we'll keep this page updated as things develop.