Right to buy

What you need to know

The right to buy allows secure tenants to buy their home at a price lower than the full market value. This is because the time you have spent as a tenant entitles you to a discount.

The following information is intended for Bristol City Council tenants only and is not a complete and authoritative statement of the law. You should seek independent legal advice and read the your right to buy booklet (pdf, 2.2 MB) (opens new window) , published by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Before committing to buying your home, you must make sure you have the funds to do so.

Do you have the right to buy

If you are a council tenant you have the right to buy if:

  • You hold a secure tenancy.
  • You have been a council tenant for at least three years.

There are a number of reasons why you may not be able to buy your home through the right to buy (pdf, 35 KB) (opens new window) .

If you have been a council tenant before in another property, or with another council, this time can be taken into account when the calculations are made.

Why the right to buy may not be suitable

The right to buy may not be suitable for everyone. Some things to consider include:

  • There are a lot of precast reinforced concrete homes in Bristol, which have structural defects. It is very difficult to get a mortgage on these properties.
  • Half of our homes are flats, which may not be suitable for families and may have large annual service charges.

Alternatives to the right to buy

Bristol City Council in partnership with local housing associations operates a number of low cost home ownership schemes. You might like to consider these as an alternative to right to buy. However, you would not be entitled to any discount if you use one of these schemes. The schemes are based on models of shared equity and shared ownership. Please contact our Rehousing Service on 0117 922 2400 for more information about these schemes.

Further information

Contact information

Right to Buy and Leasehold Services (100 TS)

Bristol City Council

PO Box 3176


Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Open Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm and Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

You can speak to someone face to face by telephoning the Right to Buy and Leasehold Service and ask for an appointment

Email: home.ownership@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 352 5511

Fax: 0117 357 4263