Voluntary Right to Buy
Stonewater is pleased to confirm that it is taking part in the pilot of the Voluntary Right to Buy Midlands scheme.
The Autumn 2017 Budget confirmed the Government’s intention to proceed with a large-scale regional pilot of the Voluntary Right to Buy (VRTB) scheme in the Midlands.
A pilot in the Midlands, where there is a range of different housing markets, will provide vital information to Stonewater, fellow Housing Associations and the Government before the scheme may be launched nationwide.
Stonewater are keen to play a part in exploring how elements of the VRTB scheme will operate, whilst also giving some of our tenants an amazing opportunity to buy their home at a potentially substantial discount.
Stonewater can confirm that tenanted properties located in the following Local Authorities may be eligible to take part in the scheme, if you are unsure of which local authority your property falls under then you can check this easily by referring to your council tax bill:
In order for our tenants to be as informed as possible before taking the first step to becoming a home owner we have created a number of guides to help you. These will run through things such as how you can check if you are eligible for the scheme, the cost of becoming a home owner, which homes Stonewater will not be able to sell and what will happen if you are offered the option to port your discount.
Your customer journey
Take a look at our illustration of the Voluntary Right to Buy customer journey.
How much discount will I get?
Our discount table shows the percentage of discount you will be entitled to. The maximum is £80,900.
Do you want to make your home your own?
Your guide to buying your home under the Voluntary Right to Buy pilot scheme (updated 22.08.18)
Voluntary Right to Buy Policy Guide
Our VRTB Policy Guide explains how we will operate, so the rules are clear to all potential purchasers.
Eligibility & Exclusions Policy - updated 17.09.18
To find out if you qualify for Voluntary Right to Buy and what the exclusions are, please read this policy.
Portability Policy Guide
A guide for tenants looking to 'port' their discount
with us, what is expected from us and what will be expected from the tenant
Frequently asked questions
We've produced a handy FAQ's leaflet that provides you with more information about VRTB.
Privacy Notice for the VRTB process
Read our specific privacy notice regarding the VRTB process.
Once you have read all of the above guides the next step is for you to obtain a Unique Reference Number (URN) from the Government. Tenants must apply on the Government’s VRTB website at https://midlands.righttobuy.gov.uk to obtain a URN.
The gateway on the website is currently closed and with only limited numbers available not every applicant will be able to receive one.
An algorithm has been used by the Government to randomly allocate places on the pilot. Emails will then be sent out to each entrant on Monday 24 September 2018 to inform them whether they have been successful or unsuccessful in the ballot.
Successful tenants will be divided into four batches. These tenants will then receive their Unique Reference Numbers (URNs) by email on a staggered basis, over a period of four weeks.
One batch of tenants will receive their URNs on the Monday of each week, starting 24 September 2018, over a total of four weeks, with the last batch issued on 15 October 2018.
Tenants must then apply to Stonewater within four weeks of their receipt of the URN with a completed application form signed by all parties and including all supporting evidence.
Please note that, even if you do receive a URN, there is no guarantee you will be able to buy your home. This also depends on the eligibility of your home and its affordability to you.
All applications to Stonewater will need to be made online via https://stonewaterhomes.co.uk/voluntary-right-to-buy. - This link will be available on Monday 24th September 2018 once the ballot process has closed and URN's have been allocated.
Note: We are unable to provide previous tenants with duplicate copies of their tenancy agreement to support Right to Buy, Right to Acquire or Voluntary Right to Buy applications. We are however, able to provide a reference letter which would confirm the dates of tenancy for your Stonewater home as well as the tenants who were listed there. We will charge an administration fee of £30 inc VAT for this service. To request a reference letter please call 01202 319119.
If you have been successful in obtaining a URN then ensure that you submit your completed application to us by the four week deadline. Stonewater are not able to offer any extension to this unless it is exceptional circumstances.
If you have any queries please refer to our Voluntary Right to Buy Frequently Asked Questions document.
Alternatively contact the Voluntary Right to Buy team by:
- Phone:02380 658858 option 2
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: There are no plans to reopen the ballot, but the Government have advised that they will keep this under review, depending on the levels of demand and drop-out.
Apply via our Stonewater Homes website.