Right to acquire

You may be eligible for a Right to Acquire if you have become a public sector tenant since the transfer from Worthing Borough Council in 1999.

You may be eligible if you:

  • are a secure or assured tenant;
  • have been a public sector tenant for at least two years or five years if you became a public sector tenant after 18 January 2005.

You may be classified as a public sector tenant if you have previously lived in properties provided by your local authority, the armed services, fire service or police authority.

You will not be eligible if:

  • you are a council tenant;
  • the courts have issued a possession order for you to leave your home;
  • you are undergoing bankruptcy proceedings;
  • we have applied to the courts for your right to buy application to be suspended because of alleged anti-social behaviour by the applicant or those living with or visiting them;
  • you live in housing specially provided for older people and (in certain cases) disabled people.

How much will the purchase price of my house be discounted by?

Discounts range from £9,000 to £16,000 depending on where you live.

If you applied to the scheme on or after 18 January 2005 and decide you want to sell the property within five years of buying it, you will have to repay some or all your discount – the amount you repay depends on the how long after you got the discount you want to sell. The repayment amount can include an element of profit if the value of the property has risen.

If you buy under the scheme with the intention of immediately moving out and enter into a deferred resale agreement with a third party, you will still be liable to repay your discount.

If you wish to resell or dispose of your property within 10 years of purchase, you will be required to give us (or other approved bodies) the opportunity to repurchase the dwelling before it can be offered on the open market.

Properties due to be demolished within 18 months can be excluded from the right to acquire scheme.

Worthing Homes has the discretion to vary the discount rules in exceptional circumstances.

We may refuse your application on the grounds that the property is particularly suitable for the elderly. If we refuse to let you buy your home on this basis, you may ask the Residential Property Tribunal to review the case within 56 days of our decision.