Voluntary Right To Buy (VRTB) Regional Midlands Pilot is now closed to new applicants for the moment

***Update 17/9/18: The Government gateway website for registering your interest into the ballot to receive a unique reference number (URN) was open from 16 August to midnight on 16 September and is therefore now closed. The Government will decide when/if to re-open the ballot entry on their online gateway.  You can keep up to date with the latest developments by looking on the Government’s Voluntary Right to Buy www.midlands.righttobuy.gov.uk website. ***

The Government launched a Midlands-based pilot of the Voluntary Right to Buy on 16 August 2018.  We are taking part in this. 

This means that some assured tenants of housing associations living in general needs properties (this applies to general family housing and dwellings for singles and couples and which is not part of an Independent Living Scheme or an Extra Care Housing complex) in the Midlands may be able to buy their home from their housing provider. 

If you have already registered on the Government gateway you will be told if your entry has been successful. As this is a pilot, the number of sales is strictly limited.  Not everyone who enters will receive a URN. Successful entrants will be selected at random through a computer ballot undertaken by the Government.

To purchase your home you need to first have been allocated a Unique Reference Number (URN) by the Government before you can apply to us. 

It is important to note that your URN will only last for four weeks from date of receipt. After this it will no longer work. You therefore need to make sure you contact us straight away once you have been allocated a URN by the Government in order to start the process of buying your home. Please click here  https://www.fortisliving.com/apply-for-vrtb if you have already been allocated a Unique Reference Number by the Government. 

There is no confirmation yet of when the VRTB will be rolled out on a national basis. Keep checking the Government’s Right to Buy website www.righttobuy.gov.uk for updates. 

Whilst we have been able to decide certain aspects of our policy and procedure, a number of the rules for the pilot have been set by the Government – including the decision on who is eligible to purchase their home and from what areas. 

From 1 October 2018, Fortis Living and Waterloo Housing Group will join together in a new partnership. The documents and approach described below reflect our agreed joint approach to Voluntary Right to Buy. 

Area Included

Link to information about the areas included in Voluntary Right To Buy


  Link to information about eligibility for voluntary right to buy scheme


Link to information about the discounts for Voluntary Right To Buy


Link to application information about VRTB

After Buying

More information about after the purchase of your home

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