Following consultation, Council approved the Cabinet recommendation to adopt a new policy relating to sales of properties in Rural Areas.
The new policy, under s157 Housing Act 1985, allows the Council to implement restrictions on sales of council properties in defined rural areas following the Right to Buy, so that properties can only be sold to people with a connection to the rural areas of the New Forest.
The full policy is available and is effective from 25 February 2021.
The rural areas covered by this policy are: Boldre; Bramshaw; Bransgore; Brockenhurst; Burley; Calshot; Copythorne; Damerham; East Boldre; Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley; Hale; Lyndhurst; Martin; Minstead; Netley Marsh; Rockbourne; Sway; Whitsbury; and Woodgreen.
Details of the Cabinet meeting and Council meeting are also available.
If you have questions about this update or to find out more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 023 8028 5222.
The Right to Buy (RTB) is a government scheme that we operate. You can buy the council home that you are currently renting at a discounted price if you:
If you can answer 'yes' to all of the above, then you are entitled to apply for the RTB your council home.
As an introduction, you can download the RTB summary booklet below:
You can also visit the government website righttobuy.gov.uk, where you can find more information and an application form. For independent advice on any part of the RTB, you should contact the government's official RTB agent service.
If you want to proceed with buying your home, email email@example.com or call 023 8028 5222. We will issue the forms needed to start the process.
Those eligible to buy their home are entitled to a discount. This will depend on the type of property and how long you've been a social tenant. Any discount is capped at £84,600 and applies where applications are received on or after 6 April 2021.
We can only help with the application. You will need to find your own solicitor and surveyor, and there are additional costs. To find out about these, plus other important information, you should read the RTB booklet. If you are buying a flat, the property will be leasehold and service charges will apply. Independent advice can be found at lease-advice.org or from the official RTB agent service.
We do not charge for the RTB. However, if you lose your documents or need them to be reissued, we will charge £36 for this service.
If you want to borrow more money or change your mortgage provider within the first five years of buying your home, you'll need our permission to do so. We charge £150 in advance for assessing this request. This is non-refundable even if we decline your request.
To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 023 8028 5222.
After completing the RTB, you will be responsible for all parts of owning, maintaining and insuring your home. Although you are no longer a council tenant, there are three important times when you will need to contact us.