Buying with other people

How to buy with other people

Up to four people, including the secure tenant, can apply to buy their home. 

They must be one of the following:

  • the husband / wife, or civil partner, of the tenant, or

  • a person who has lived with the tenant for at least 12 months.

You may be getting Housing Benefit. If you are, then you must include the other joint purchaser(s) in your Housing Benefit claim. You should include them as a non-dependent who lives with you.


If you don’t receive Housing Benefit, then the joint purchaser must supply two items of proof:

  • one for the 12-month period before the application and

  • one to confirm that they currently live at your address


You can use these documents as proof:

  • benefit notifications

  • wage or salary slips (where they show your address)

  • bank or building society statements

  • utility bills, such as an electricity bill.

You must provide National Insurance Numbers for all the people applying to buy your home. If you do not complete the application, we will send it back to you.


Joint tenants

You may share your home with a joint tenant. They may not want to buy this home with you. If this is the case, the joint tenant must sign the application form to show that they do not want to apply. Only then will we accept your application.

This may affect your discount entitlement.

The tenancy of any tenant not wishing to buy their home will end when their joint tenant buys the property.

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