Do council house tenants need a deposit if they want to purchase their home under the Right to Buy scheme?
Since the Right to Buy scheme was introduced by Margaret Thatcher`s government in 1980, social housing tenants have had the right to purchase their council house at a discount.
Right to Buy can also apply to people who live in an ex-council home that has since been acquired by a housing association. The only requirements are that you are a secure tenant, it`s your main home, the property is self-contained and you`ve had a public sector landlord for at least three years at some point in the past.
In 2012, David Cameron`s government introduced significant changes to the Right to Buy initiative, which has led to some confusion about whether or not a deposit is needed if you`re looking to purchase your house under the scheme.
As of April 2017, the maximum discount that you will receive off the cost of your house is £104,900 if you live in London, while you`ll get up to £78,600 off its total value if you live elsewhere in England. This sum increases every April in line with inflation.
Most mortgage lenders will now accept this discount as a deposit, meaning you won`t necessarily need to save up the lump sum that lenders usually want from buyers.
However, some lenders want you to provide them with a deposit regardless of the discount you`re receiving. The sum of this will vary from lender to lender.
As the approach to Right to Buy deposits is so different across the mortgage market, it`s important to seek advice before you agree to take out a mortgage on your council property with a particular lender.
At First Choice Finance, our mortgage advisers are on hand to provide you with advice on taking out a mortgage and we`ll give you a free quote before you need to decide whether you`d like us to arrange your mortgage for you.
We have years of experience of helping customers to secure Right to Buy mortgages, so we can help you to find the very best deal for your individual needs.
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