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What are the standard contract provisions for the sale of a residential property under the ‘right to buy’ scheme?

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Published on LexisPSL on 06/07/2017

The following Local Government Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What are the standard contract provisions for the sale of a residential property under the ‘right to buy’ scheme?
  • Exercising the right to buy (RTB)
  • Further reading

Exercising the right to buy (RTB)

If a tenant seeks the right to buy (RTB), they must serve notice on the landlord in the prescribed form (Form RTB1 in England, WRTB1 in Wales). The current form includes guidance for the tenant on the RTB process and highlights sources of information and advice.

The landlord must then, unless the notice is withdrawn, serve a notice (Form RTB2 and WRTB2 in Wales) on the tenant:

  1. admitting the right, or

  2. denying the right and stating reasons why

The RTB2 must be served within four weeks of the RTB1 (or eight weeks if the tenant has been with the landlord for less than two years).

If the RTB2 admi

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