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What is Voluntary Right to Buy?

The Voluntary Right to Buy is a government proposal for extending the Right to Buy to Housing Association tenants on a voluntary basis. It has not yet been approved by the government and it is not currently available.

Over the last few years, the government, in partnership with the National Housing Federation, have launched a £200m pilot across Midlands to trial the proposed Voluntary Right to Buy.

Eligible housing association tenants in the East and West Midlands were able to register for a place on the pilot, with those who were successful given the opportunity to buy their home at a Right to Buy level discount. Given the fixed budget, the government was only able to fund a limited number of places through the pilot. To give everyone an equal chance to participate, places on the pilot were allocated by a ballot.

The Voluntary Right to Buy Midlands pilot has now closed and no further entries will be accepted.

Any new information issued on the Voluntary Right to Buy is available on the Government's Right to Buy website.

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