First tenants buy their housing association homes as pilot study starts in earnest

11th September 2016

Housing association tenants have become homeowners under the government’s extension of the right to buy scheme though it is currently operating on a voluntary basis.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has highlighted the cases of Sasha Dudley and partner Peter Taylor in Croydon, were among the first tenants to take advantage of the scheme being piloted one of the five associations ahead of the scheme going nationwide.

The voluntary agreement between government and housing associations will give householders the chance to purchase their home with Right to Buy discounts.

The government has promised that under the deal reached with the sector, when the main scheme is rolled out every home sold will be replaced nationally with an additional new property increasing the overall supply of housing.

The government has already set out the most ambitious vision for housing in a generation and doubled the housing budget.

Since the launch of the pilots nearly 800 applications have been submitted by tenants.

Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell, said: “Anyone who works hard and aspires to own their home should have that opportunity to do so. Right to Buy will help lots of people, like Sasha and Peter, go from being a tenant to homeowner.”

The minister visited the family in Croydon to hear first-hand their experience of becoming a homeowner. Ms Taylor who works as a business support officer at Croydon Council has lived in her home for 19 years with partner Peter and their children Jordan and Caleb.

Ms Dudley said: “We are very excited to be homeowners. We’ve lived here for almost 20 years, close to family and friends – but now overnight home suddenly feels more important to us.”

Mr Taylor said: “It’s always felt like a home but knowing that we now own the place gives that sense of security and ownership that wasn’t there before.”

The pilot associations and areas covered are:

  • L&Q – Croydon LBC, Enfield LBC, Greenwich LBC, Haringey LBC, Lambeth LBC, Lewisham LBC, Newham LBC, Southwark LBC
  • Riverside – Liverpool CC, Halton BC, Knowsley MBC, Sefton MBC, St Helens MBC, Wirral MBC
  • Saffron Housing – South Norfolk DC
  • Sovereign – Cherwell DC, West Oxfordshire DC, Vale of White Horse DC, South Oxfordshire DC
  • Thames Valley Housing Association – Guildford BC, Hart DC, Runnymede BC, Rushmoor BC, Woking BC

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