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When you cannot buy your home

You cannot buy your home if:

  • You are not a secure tenant or do not meet the qualifying period of 3 years
  • An applicant is not a member of the applying tenants immediate family
  • The property is suitable or adapted for an Elderly or disabled person
  • You do not use the home as your only or main home
  • You or your visitors behave antisocially
  • You are bankrupt
  • You have a pending bankruptcy petition against you


Suspended Possession Orders

If you have been served a Suspended Possession Order during your tenancy, you could still buy your home.

A Suspended Possession Order is something a judge grants. It is often done when a tenant owes us rent. In that case, the Order allows you to remain in your home - providing you keep to an agreement to pay back what you owe. If you break the terms, we can evict you without having to go court.


Types Of Properties You Cannot Buy

  • sheltered accommodation
  • accommodation especially for older people, for example, some bungalows
  • a property which has been specially adapted for disabled use
  • a home linked with your employment
  • any property on school grounds


If Your Home Is Due To Be Demolished

This can affect your right to buy your home.

If you have been served an Initial Demolition Notice, this suspends your right to buy your home for 5 years from the date of the notice. An Initial Demolition Notice is given when a council wants to demolish a home but has not set a date when it will take place.

If you have been served a Final Demolition Notice, which usually happens once a date for demolition has been set, this ends your right to buy your home.