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Key regions targeted for Right-to-Buy

10 October 2016

We have increased our efforts to serve council and housing association tenants who have the opportunity to buy their properties through the right-to-buy scheme by allocating in excess of £100m of funds for lending to these customers.

Right-to-buy presents the opportunity for council tenants who have lived in their property for three years or more to purchase their properties at reduced prices.

The scheme, which originally applied specifically to council properties, has been extended to housing association tenants in a pilot programme spanning 23 local authorities, for tenants who have lived in the property for 10 years or more.

In addition, those in housing association properties that were transferred over from a council may have a ‘preserved’ right-to-buy, so there are various different options.

We have identified a number of key regions, based on council and housing association stock, where we feel our products could benefit potential customers. These areas include London, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.

Chief executive of our retail division, Pete Ball, explains: “The right-to-buy scheme gives council and some housing association tenants the chance of a lifetime; to buy their own home. The discounts available to tenants can be substantial, but aside from the huge benefit in terms of the long-term investment and potential gain, in many cases  we’ve found that the loan repayments are actually less than the previous rent; making the customer immediately better off.

“We are specialists in this market and offer a range of products to suit different needs. We will look at funding properties that many lenders wouldn’t consider; such as high-rise flats, and we’ll also work with those who have a less-than-perfect credit history. This is very much our niche; providing a service for a market that is being underserved by other lenders, and adopting a common sense approach, whilst always ensuring our customers’ loans are affordable.”

We offer a range of right-to-buy mortgages, based on both capital repayment and interest-only, with many income sources accepted; including employed, self-employed, DWP benefits and pensions. Loan amounts range from £3k to £200k, with loan-to-values of up to 60%.

Find out more about right-to-buy.


Pete Ball