Voluntary Right to Buy
We have previously made tenants aware that a Voluntary Right to Buy “Regional pilot” was due to take place. It has been confirmed that this will take place in the East and West Midlands.
However, as indicated previously this is a voluntary scheme, and it is up to individual Housing Associations as to whether they take part in the pilot. Since that time the National Housing Federation and Government (who have led on setting up the scheme) have confirmed the expectation that all housing associations with over 1,000 general needs homes should engage with the pilot. It is also recognised that smaller Housing Associations may encounter practical barriers to participation, and the assumption is they will choose to opt out.
Alongside this, it has previously been pointed out that some homes cannot be sold in any event due to legal restrictions, or because they would be difficult to replace. This includes many rural locations, and the vast majority of the associations homes fall into this category.
As a consequence of the above, the Association has concluded that due to its size (it has significantly less than 1,000 homes); the location of its stock; and the practical barriers to participation, it will not take part in the VRTB pilot scheme.
if you are a tenant of another landlord and we manage your property of their behalf you will need to visit their website for information on the Voluntary Right to Buy Midlands Pilot scheme:
For emh homes tenants please visit https://www.emhhomes.org.uk/living-in-your-home/voluntary-right-to-buy/
For Sanctuary Housing tenants please visit https://www.sanctuary-housing.co.uk/right-to-buy
If you have any queries regarding this please do not hesitate to contact us.