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Letter: Your say - Right to buy is set down in law.

Byline: David Jelley

IN response to the letter on "housing rebate scheme capped" (Your Say, July 12), we would like to clarify the position for tenants concerning their right to buy.

Coventry City Council transferred its residential properties to Whitefriars Housing Group in 2000.

Residents who were tenants at the time of the transfer, and who have been Whitefriars tenants continuously since that time, can claim to buy their homes under the Preserved Right to Buy.

This is a legal right and the rules of the scheme, including who qualifies and how much discount is allowed, are set out in law.

The amount of discount allowed can depend on length of tenancy, but is capped at pounds 26,000. This cap was introduced by the Government in 1998. All housing associations and councils in the UK follow the same procedure.

Tenants who have started tenancies with Whitefriars since 2000 may be able to claim the Right to Acquire.

Whitefriars has previously provided information to all tenants on their right to buy their homes, through our quarterly tenant magazine Home.

We are happy to provide accurate information to tenants on their rights to buy their home. Anyone with any questions can call us on 024 7676 7220.

David Jelley, Whitefriars Housing Group, Coventry.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 21, 2007
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