The Right to Buy - Practical Overview

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Course Overview

As of October 2014, there were approximately 10,000 claims of negligence in progress against conveyances arising from ‘Right to Buy’ purchases. As a result, the SRA indicated that when supervising conveyancing firms, it would look to identify potential right to buy claims.

Moreover, in England alone, the raising of the ‘Right to Buy’ discount has resulted in an increase in the number of tenants buying their council home. This number is likely to further increase when the qualifying period is reduced to 3 years.

During this course, experienced property lecturer Stephen Desmond will discuss the key factors which conveyances must take into account when acting for a client on a ‘Right to Buy’ purchase and will offer hints and tips which viewers can use when handling such matters in practice.

What are the requirements?

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:

    • Understand who qualifies for ‘Right to Buy’
    • Be aware of the risk of ‘Right to Buy’ fraud and unlawful subletting and what to do in these circumstances
    • Be able to prepare a trust declaration for family members
    • Know how to follow the first refusal procedure on late disposal
    • Be familiar with issues involving service charges and repair provisions in ’Right to Buy’ leases 

What is the target audience?

  • Conveyancing practitioners




About Instructor - Stephen Desmond

Stephen Desmond has been delivering training for over 15 years during which time he has delivered more than 1,800 CPD events to lawyers from a variety of backgrounds. Delegates at these events have included practitioners from a variety of size of firms, ranging from sole practitioners to City Solicitors. 

Stephen is a contributing editor to Butterworths Property Law Service, published by Lexis Nexis, writing on the complex law relating to long and short leases.  He writes for the Solicitors Group on the subject of commercial property. 
He has run a university-accredited distance-learning course for aspiring paralegals in the subject of residential conveyancing.

A former practicing Solicitor with several years post-qualification experience, Stephen has represented many business and private clients, including property investors and local authorities.

Course Curriculum

recorded webinars

  • Part 1
  • Part 2


  • Notes
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