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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.

By operating the pilot in the Midlands, where there is a range of different housing markets, vital information can be provided to Stonewater, fellow Housing Associations and the Government to inform the launch of the scheme nationwide.

Stonewater have been keen to play a part in exploring how elements of the VRTB scheme operate, whilst also giving some of our tenants an amazing opportunity to buy their home at a potentially substantial discount.

Applications to take part in the scheme are currently closed and may be re-opened subject to a review of the remaining budget for the scheme by the Ministry of Homes, Communities and Local Government.

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:

  • Amber Valley Borough Council
  • Ashfield District Council
  • Bassetlaw District Council
  • Blaby District Council
  • Bolsover District Council
  • Boston Borough Council
  • Broxtowe Borough Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council
  • Chesterfield Borough Council
  • Corby Borough Council
  • Daventry District Council
  • Derby City Council
  • Derbyshire Dales District Council
  • East Lindsey District Council
  • East Northamptonshire Council
  • Erewash Borough Council
  • Gedling Borough Council
  • Harborough District Council
  • High Peak Borough Council
  • Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council
  • Kettering Borough Council
  • Leicester City Council
  • Lincoln – City of Lincoln Council
  • Lincolnshire
  • Mansfield District Council
  • Melton Borough Council
  • Newark and Sherwood District Council
  • Northampton Borough Council
  • North East Derbyshire District Council
  • North Kesteven District Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Oadby and Wigston Borough Council
  • Rushcliffe Borough Council
  • Rutland County Council
  • South Derbyshire District Council
  • South Holland District Council
  • South Kesteven District Council
  • South Northamptonshire Council
  • Wellingborough, Borough Council of
  • West Lindsey District Council
  • Birmingham City Council
  • Bromsgrove District Council
  • Cannock Chase District Council
  • Coventry City Council
  • Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
  • East Staffordshire Borough Council
  • Herefordshire Council
  • Lichfield District Council
  • Malvern Hills District Council
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
  • North Warwickshire Borough Council
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
  • Redditch Borough Council
  • Rugby Borough Council
  • Sandwell Council
  • Shropshire Council
  • Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
  • South Staffordshire Council
  • Stafford Borough Council
  • Staffordshire Moorlands District Council
  • Staffordshire Moorlands
  • Stratford-on-Avon District Council
  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • Tamworth Borough Council
  • Telford and Wrekin Council
  • Walsall Council
  • Warwick District Council
  • Warwickshire
  • West Midlands (Met County)
  • Wolverhampton - City of Wolverhampton Council
  • Worcester City Council
  • Wychavon District Council
  • Wyre Forest District Council

There are a number of items to consider when looking to purchase your home through Voluntary Right to Buy. Below are a series of guides produced by Stonewater in order to support all Tenants through the process of becoming a home owner and cover such items as which homes Stonewater is able to sell, the effect of purchasing on any repairs service you will receive, and what will happen if you are offered the option to port your discount.

Your guides:

In order to purchase your home under Voluntary Right to Buy you must be in receipt of a Unique Reference Number (URN) from the Government. Applications can be made on the Government’s VRTB website at however the gateway on the website is currently closed pending assessment of any remaining budget for the pilot. If you would like to register with Stonewater to receive updates on any re-opening of the Government portal then please contact

Note: As part of your application you would be asked to provide copies of tenancy agreement(s) to support your eligibility for discount. Unfortunately Stonewater are unable to provide previous tenants with duplicate copies of their tenancy agreement(s) 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 tenant name(s) 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.

Next steps:

If you have been successful in obtaining a URN then the deadline for submitting your completed application to Stonewater has now passed. 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


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