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When everyone has a home

Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Right to buy

Secure Housing Executive (NIHE) and housing association tenants have a right to buy the home they live in, as long as they and the property are eligible for the scheme. 

Once you've been a tenant for 5 years you may be able to buy your home. The amount of discount you'll get increases depending on how long you've lived in the property. Some property types can't be bought because they are difficult to come by and needed for social housing stock.

The maximum discount available to Housing Executive or housing association tenants applying to buy their home is £24,000. The amount of discount you’ll get depends on how long you’ve lived in the property and how much of the property you’re buying.

You can buy all or part of your home. Regardless of how much of the property you buy, you will become responsible for all repairs and maintenance on the property once the sale has completed.

You can sell your home on if you bought it from the Housing Executive or a housing association. However, if you got a discount on the purchase price you might have to pay this back.