Reduced Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.

Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.

Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our  Coronavirus information page

You are invited to view and contribute to the The Mayor's Covid Record of Reflection

Housing Services Message

We are currently running a Housing Allocation Policy Consultation until 4th March – we would welcome your comments.

Right to Buy

 

 

 
As a Castle Point Borough Council secure tenant, you can apply to buy your home. Most Council tenants are able to apply to purchase the property in which they live at a discounted price, this is called the “Right to Buy”.
 
Make sure you research the costs associated with owning your own home such as:
• Legal costs (solicitor’s fees for conveyancing).
• Structural survey, Valuation, Land Registry fees.
• Stamp Duty.
• The cost of a mortgage includ. Mortgage Payment Protection insurance
• Building Insurance
• Repairs and maintenance.
• Service charges (tenants buying a flat).
 
 
The government introduced a new service in August 2014 to assist potential and existing applicants called the Right to Buy Agent Service. The aim of the Agent service is to compliment the service which landlords currently provide by giving tenants who request it information on Right to Buy, enabling them to make informed choices. They will try to help tenants to understand and assess the potential costs of home ownership as well as the benefits.  Further information on this service can be found at:
 
 
 
 
 
Before you consider applying under the Right to Buy scheme, we recommend that you research the price of similar properties in the area.
 
 
 
 
 
It would also be useful at this stage to read the government guide on the Right to Buy Scheme.
 
 
 
If the property in which the tenant lives is a flat then the tenant would become a leaseholder, whereby the tenant would own the flat, but be liable to pay annual service charges to the Council in respect of communal facilities such as communal repairs, lighting, grounds maintenance and insurance. This is because the structure of the building and any communal passageways or grounds remain the property of the Council. 
 
Further information for leaseholders can be found in the Leaseholder Handbook.