Right to buy

Tenants of council houses and flats have the general right to buy their home for its market value minus a discount.

The discount will depend on how long the tenant has lived in the property. The maximum discount in Barking and Dagenham is £116,200.

To qualify, your current tenancy must be a secure tenancy,  you must have been a public sector tenant for at least three years and live in the property as your principal or only home.

For any Right to Buy queries, please email RightToBuy@lbbd.gov.uk

Apply to buy your council home

Right to buy application form

Whether you complete the form online or download the form, you will need to print and sign it before returning it to us. 

Send us your completed application

Upload completed Right to Buy application

Or you can email righttobuy@lbbd.gov.uk 

After you apply

Once you have submitted your right to buy application, we will contact you regarding your ID verification. We will be unable to progress your application until this has been carried out.

Within four weeks of receiving your application we will tell you if you have the right to buy your home. If you do have the right to buy your home, we will tell you the cost of your home:

  • within eight weeks if your home is a house 
  • within 12 weeks if your home is a flat or maisonette

Once we receive your right to buy application, your property will immediately be removed from any improvement or refurbishment programmes. In addition, we will only carry out emergency or urgent repairs to the property as required by law.

You can also send it to us by post but this will take us longer to process. 

Sales and Leasing team

Barking Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking IG11 7LU

righttobuy@lbbd.gov.uk

Personal information

The personal information we collect from you will be shared with fraud prevention agencies who will use it to prevent fraud and money-laundering and to verify your identity. If fraud is detected, you could be refused certain services, finance, or employment. Further details of how your information will be used by us and these fraud prevention agencies, and your data protection rights, can be found on the Cifas website.