Buying an Ex-Council Right to Buy Property

If you are buying a former Council House it may have a restriction that limits who can buy the property.  In certain protected rural areas former Council Houses can only be sold to somebody who has lived or worked in Cornwall for the 3 years immediately preceding their application to purchase the property.  In these circumstances you will require a Certificate from Cornwall Council stating that you are eligible.

  • The Council will require evidence that at least one of the purchasers has lived or worked in Cornwall for the last 3 years immediately preceding their application to purchase.
  • The Council's charge for considering evidence, preparing and producing the Certificate is currently £300.00 and this will need to be paid, prior to the Certificate being issued.
  • The Certificate will be sent to your solicitor so that they can send this with their application to the Land Registry when the purchase is completed.
  • Council housing in the former District Council area of Penwith, Kerrier and Restormel was transferred to Housing Associations under what are known as Housing Stock Transfers.  If you are buying a former Council property in these areas and it was sold after the Housing Stock Transfer took place you will need to contact the relevant housing Association rather than the Council.
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The relevant Housing Associations are:

Applications for a Certificate are dealt with by the Council's legal department and not the Affordable Housing team.  Please email these types of requests to Legal157Instructions@cornwall.gov.uk.