Voluntary Right to Buy

Longhurst Group is taking part in the Voluntary Right to Buy (VRTB) Pilot Group for the Midlands.

Voluntary Right to Buy

What is Voluntary Right to Buy?

In Autumn 2017, the Government announced a Voluntary Right to Buy regional pilot for housing association tenants in the Midlands. 

Since then, Housing Associations and the National Housing Federation have voluntarily worked with the Government to agree how this offer will work in practice.

The pilot will provide an opportunity for a limited number of tenants in the Midlands to buy their homes at a Right to Buy discount. The pilot scheme is time-limited and the Government has made a limited amount of funds available.

Important to remember

The registration period for the Government ballot that will allocate places on the pilot scheme is NOW CLOSED. It was launched by the Government on 16th August 2018 and remained open for four weeks, until 16th September.

The Government is currently running the ballot that decides who receives a Unique Reference Number (URN). Only tenants allocated a URN will be able to proceed and complete an application for this scheme.

Tenants who chose to take part in the pilot were advised to check that they met the eligibility criteria.

Please note that receiving a URN is no guarantee that you will be able to buy your property.

Once a URN is recieved it remains valid for four weeks. The application form must be completed within this period. 

Please answer all questions correctly and provide the required supporting information when prompted. Further checks will be undertaken by a member of the Asset Sales Team once the application has been submitted.

Who runs the Voluntary Right to Buy URN ballot?

Please note that the Government manages and implements the ballot, and Longhurst Group has no control over which tenants are successful in obtaining a URN.

If you have any queries about the ballot or URN allocation, please visit the Government's Voluntary Right to Buy website for the Midlands pilot: midlands.righttobuy.gov.uk or call The Right to Buy Agents, a free, impartial source of information funded by the Government, on 0300 123 0913. 

Voluntary Right to Buy application portal - closing 5pm Wednesday 5th December

Please be advised that our application portal has now closed.

All successful applicants who obtained a URN in the recent ballot were notified that they had a four week deadline period from receipt of the URN to submit an application. This period has now expired.

As detailed within our Guidance Notes and Policy, the Voluntary Right to Buy Pilot is both ‘time and funds sensitive’. We are therefore no longer able to accept any applications after the closing date of Wednesday 5th December (this includes postal application forms).

If you have obtained a URN but failed to submit an application prior to 5pm on Wednesday 5th December, your URN has now been cancelled and you will no longer be able to participate in the pilot. Please note, that this cannot be deviated from under any circumstances.

We would also like to remind applicants who have submitted an application to ensure that all required supporting information is returned and certified by the Post Office Identity Check within the deadline date stated on your acceptance email/letter. Failure to return the required information in the stated timeframe may lead to your application being cancelled.

For further information, Guidance Notes and the Voluntary Right to Buy & Portability Policy can be found below.

Thank you.


Find out more 

Government information on Voluntary Right to Buy

  • For more information please visit the Government's Voluntary Right to Buy website for the Midlands pilot: midlands.righttobuy.gov.uk
  • You can also call The Right to Buy Agents, a free, impartial source of information funded by the Government, on 0300 123 0913 or contact them via: righttobuy.gov.uk/agent-service


Please be advised that securing a URN and completing the eligibility questions does not guarantee that you will be able to purchase the property, as further checks will be required. Certain properties and tenancies are excluded from the pilot and we will not be able to progress any applications where the full criteria aren't met. Porting may be available for tenants with a qualifying tenancy where the property is not eligible to be sold. This is subject to further Terms and Conditions. Further information can be found in Longhurst Group's VRtB and Portability Policy. All sales are dependent on and subject to the availability of Government funding.

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