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How Much Discount will I get?

 
You must have been a tenant in qualifying accommodation for a period of 3 years to be able to buy your home. This will entitle you to a basic discount of 35% for houses and 50% for flats. After the initial 5 year qualifying period you get additional discount for each extra year.
 
If you are buying a house, you will get 1% more discount for each extra year up to a limit of 70%. If you are buying a flat, you will get 2% more discount for each extra year up to a limit of 70%.
 
 
 
The table below provides examples of how this might be calculated on a property worth £120,000:
Qualifying Period in Years House % House Discount Flat % Flat Discount

5

35% £42,000 50% £60,000
10 40% £48,000 60% £72,000
15 45% £54,000 70% Max £84,000
20 50% £60,000 70% Max £84,000
25 55% £66,000 70% Max £84,000
30 60% £72,000 70% Max £84,000
35 65% £78,000 70% Max £84,000
40 70% £84,000 70% Max £84,000

 

If your landlord has spent money on your home.
Your discount will be less if your landlord has spent money building or maintaining your home:
  • in the last 10 years - if your landlord built or acquired your home before 2 April 2012
  • in the last 15 years - if you’re buying your home through Preserved Right to Buy, or if your landlord acquired your home after 2 April 2012
You will not get any discount if your landlord has spent more money than your home is now worth.
 
Paying back your discount
You will have to pay back some or all of the discount you received, if you sell your Right to Buy home within 5 years of buying it.
You will have to pay back all of the discount if you sell within the first year. After that, the total amount you pay back reduces to:
  • 80% of the discount in the second year
  • 60% of the discount in the third year
  • 40% of the discount in the fourth year
  • 20% of the discount in the fifth year
The amount you pay back depends on the value of your home when you sell it.
Example You bought your home worth £100,000 and got a 40% discount (£40,000). You then sold your home after 18 months for £120,000.
40% of £120,000 is £48,000. As you are in the second year, you would repay 80% of £48,000 (£38,400).