Apply for the Right to Buy scheme
We offer a free service to help you with the process of buying your home. We can give advice on the Right to Buy (RTB) scheme, explain the procedures and help you fill out the forms. You can hire a private company to help you but this will cost you money.
Complete the RTB1 application form
If you are eligible to apply for the Right to Buy scheme complete the RTB1 application form and send it to us.
- Download the Right to Buy (RTB1) application form from the Directgov website.
- Send the completed form to Home Ownership Services, Lambeth Living, 2nd Floor Hambrook House. Porden Road, SW2 5RW.
For guidance on how to complete the RTB1 application form.
We will send you a RTB2 notice form
We will send you a notice (form RTB2) telling you whether you have the right to buy. You should get this within four weeks of sending the claim form to us. If we say that you don't have the right to buy we must tell you why.
S125 notice form
If you do have the right to buy we will send you another notice (S125 notice) telling you the price you have to pay and the terms of the sale.
We will send this to you within eight weeks from the date of the RTB2 notice if your home is a house, and within 12 weeks if your home is a flat or maisonette.
If you think our valuation of your home is wrong you can ask the district valuer to give an independent valuation. You must make your appeal within 12 weeks from date of the S125 notice. The district valuer's decision is final, whether it is higher or lower than our valuation.
How long do I have to decide if I want to buy
After we have sent you the S125 notice you have 12 weeks to tell us whether you want to go ahead with buying your home.
If you do not tell us within this time we will send you a reminder. If you do not tell us your decision within 28 days of getting this reminder we will cancel your application.
Ready to buy
Once you get the offer of sale notice and are ready to buy the property you should contact a solicitor to help you with the legal papers, and a surveyor to value your property.
Get a solicitor
If you want to buy the property you will need a solicitor to tell you about the legal details. If you don't know a solicitor then ask your building society or bank to recommend one. Ask for an estimate of their charges before you decide on a solicitor.
Get a survey
You should get an independent survey from a surveyor or structural engineer. The survey your bank or building society gets will only be for the valuation, and may not tell you about structural faults in the property.
Once you are happy about the terms of sale and have arranged to borrow the money, you can buy your home.