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Exceptions to the Right to Buy scheme

Homes suitable for occupation by the elderly

Your landlord may refuse to let you buy on the ground that your home is a single property (not a property which is one of a group) and it is particularly suitable, under paragraph 11 of Schedule 5 to the Housing Act 1985, for occupation by elderly people (persons aged 60 or more). If so, you can ask a Residential Property Tribunal to decide if your landlord is right but you must ask them within 56 days after the landlord has refused to sell your home. If you don't ask in time, you lose this right of appeal. For more information please visit (opens new window).

If your Right To Buy application is denied for any other reason (one other than under paragraph 11 of Schedule 5 to the Housing Act 1985) you can only take action through the county court.

If you require any advice or assistance with regard to any ground upon which the landlord has refused to allow you to purchase your home or if you wish to make any application to the county court or the Residential Property Tribunal you must seek your own independent legal advice.

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Home Ownership Team
Gateshead Council
Tyne & Wear

0191 433 5353