The Right to Buy scheme is a scheme which the Government offers to help eligible council tenants purchase their home at a discounted price.

To qualify you must have:

  • spent at least 3 years as a tenant of Portsmouth City Council, or
  • spent at least 3 years as a tenant of another council or housing association, or
  • lived in armed forces accommodation

For information about property exchange, visit our Exchanging a council property page.


Eligibility criteria include (but is not limited to):

  • You have no legal issues with debt
  • You have no outstanding possession orders
  • The property is your only or main home
  • Your home is not due to be demolished

Certain council owned properties do not fall under the Right to Buy scheme as they may provide support and services to other tenants. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Specialist housing for the elderly or disabled people
  • A property that you have in connection with your job
  • A property for which you don’t have a secure tenancy (for example, an introductory or demoted tenancy)

Further information

If you are a Portsmouth City Council tenant, and have been a public sector tenant for at least 3 years, you may be entitled to purchase your home.

For advice about Right to Buy and to gain an understanding of the process, and the next steps, please contact the Right to Buy team on: