Legal action over being denied Right to Buy?

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10:05 AM, 5th April 2016
About 3 years ago

Legal action over being denied Right to Buy?

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Legal action over being denied Right to Buy?

I live in a bungalow that is owned by a local council, I applied to buy the property under the Right to Buy Act 1985, but have been told I cannot buy it as it is suitable for occupation by the elderly (Over 60’s). UN

It has no modifications as such, no hand rails, there are 3 steps into the property. It does however benefit from a walk in shower.

I am myself disabled and receive Higher rate DLA and the severely disabled premium in ESA.

Personally I would like to appeal, but was wondering do I have any recourse to the Law, for instance The Equality Act 2010, or The UN convention on Disability rights which the UK signed up to in 2007?

Any suggestions ?

Help would be much appreciated.

Vince



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Neil Patterson

10:09 AM, 5th April 2016
About 3 years ago

Hi Vince,

I would certainly appeal and threaten the Council you will take it as far as you can.

I think councils will be less likely to want to sell off property after the all out attack on Landlords by the government. Over 50% of social housing is now supplied by the Private sector, therefore it will not take Councils long to realise they could be in trouble with no external assistance. Hence why they could be trying to stall on your purchase.

Inaaka812

8:22 AM, 5th July 2018
About 3 months ago

I fing myself in a similar position. Difference is, initially my right to buy my bungalow was accepted, valuation done, but then not issued with section 125! On enquiry about lack of progress, I was sent denial of RTB the bungalow as 'suitable for elderly'. I have a Preserved Assured Tenancy, which gives me the right to buy. I also have a disability which is the reason I was housed in this property over twelves years ago because it is particularly suitable for my circumstances. Has anyone experienced this scenario? I have both an acceptance and denial letter.! Can my landlord do this?


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