The Right to Buy Scheme

Right to Buy is a government scheme that allows council tenants to buy their council rented home at a lower price than the full market value.

Do I have the right to buy my council home?

If you are a secure tenant and have held a public sector tenancy for 3 years or more, you may be eligible to buy your council home at a reduced rate.

You will not be eligible to buy your council home if:

  • It is housing specifically provided for older people
  • It is housing specifically provided for disabled people (in certain cases)
  • You occupy the house in connection with your employment

Apply for the Right to Buy scheme

If you would like to exercise your right to buy your home, you can find out more information and fill out an application form online.

Completed application forms should be sent to:

Southampton City Council,
Right to Buy Team,
Central Local Housing Office,
100f St Mary's Street,
SO14 1PE


The discount you get is dependent upon the valuation of the property and the length of your tenancy. The maximum discount is currently £80,900.

Is my property freehold or leasehold?

If you buy a house, you will purchase the freehold of the property outright.

If you buy a flat or a maisonette, you will purchase a long lease (125 years from the date that the first property in the block was sold).

The block will still be owned by the council and we will be responsible for the maintenance of the building, including any communal areas and facilities.

You will be charged the appropriate service charges every month.

You can find out more about being a leaseholder on our leaseholder pages.