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Problems with the purchase procedure

The Council may refuse you application on a number of grounds set out in the Housing Act 1985.

Your Right to Buy application is refused

The Council may refuse you application on a number of grounds set out in the Housing Act 1985. These grounds are summarised in the Communities and Local Government booklet "Your Right to Buy your Home" (section "Exceptions to the Right to Buy").

We will inform you why your application has been refused. If you disagree with this explanation you will need to take further advice from, for example, Citizens Advice or a solicitor. The exception to this is where you have been refused on the grounds that your home is particularly suitable for occupation by an elderly person. In this case you can request the Residential Property Tribunal Service to review the decision. However, you must ask the Tribunal to review the decision within 56 days of the Council's refusal in the RTB2 notice otherwise you lose the right to appeal. The Residential Property Tribunal Service can be contacted by telephone on 0845 600 3178.

Delays on your part

Section 125 Notice

If you do not let the Council know what you intend to do within 12 weeks of the Section 125 Notice we will send a reminder asking whether you wish to proceed. If you do not respond within 28 days of this reminder we will cancel your application.

Completion of the sale

After a period of three months from the date of the Section 125 Notice we may send you a Notice to Complete asking you to complete the purchase of your home within eight weeks. If the purchase is not completed within this time a Final Notice to Complete will be sent to you. If you don't comply with this Final Notice, your application will have been deemed to have been withdrawn and your application will not be taken any further.

Delays on the Council's part

Most Right to Buy applications will go through smoothly within the prescribed time limits. However on occasions problems or delays may emerge.

If the Council does not send within the prescribed period the RTB2, or the Section 125 Notice, or it is considered that delays on the part of the landlord are preventing the tenant from exercising expeditiously his / her Right to Buy you may serve a notice on the Council. This may result in the rent you pay whilst the delay continues being taken off the purchase price.

Further information is available in the Communities and Local Government booklet "Your Right to Buy your Home" (section "Delays or problems with the sale").

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