Buying your Housing Executive home
Updated: 21 May 2018
You can buy all or part of your Housing Executive home if you have at least five years tenancy, either with the Housing Executive or a qualifying landlord.
Some tenants who have not had a tenancy for the full five years may still be able to buy their home - for example if you succeeded or were assigned the tenancy from a parent, spouse or civil partner.
Further details about buying all or part of your Housing Executive home are in our publication - House Sales incorporating Equity Sharing: A Tenant’s Guide.
You can get an application form and advice booklet from the Land and Regeneration office covering your area (see below), your Local Office or: you can
Please note that the form must be accompanied by copies of the appropriate form of identification listed in the application form and all sections of the form must be fully completed.
Incomplete applications or failure to provide the required documentation will result in your application being returned to you.
Further advice can be obtained by contacting one of the Land and Regeneration offices below.
Land and Regeneration (Belfast), 2 Adelaide Street, Belfast BT2 8PB. Tel: 03448 920 900
Covering Belfast, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council areas
Land and Regeneration (North), Richmond Chambers, the Diamond, Londonderry BT48 6QP. Tel: 03448 920 900
Covering Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Derry City, Larne, Limavady, Moyle, Newtownabbey, and Strabane areas.
Land and Regeneration (South), Marlborough House, Craigavon BT64 1AJ. Tel: 03448 920 900
Covering Armagh, Banbridge, Cookstown, Craigavon, Dungannon, Downpatrick, Fermanagh, Magherafelt, Newry, Newtownards and North Down and Omagh areas.
Service charges on flats
If you buy a flat or maisonette from the Housing Executive you will have to pay a service charge to cover the services which we provide, including:
- cleaning of communal areas
- maintenance of communal gardens
- buildings insurance
- Ground rent of £10 per annum for all flat sales
Please note that you may be liable for the cost of works carry out in any planned maintenance/improvement scheme in which your home is included.
- View our leaflet Flat owners - your rights and responsibilities ( 259 KB)
The service charge for multi storey flats or flats with communal access may also include costs for:
- communal lighting and repairs.
- caretaker / concierge services
- maintenance of lifts
Service charges are usually paid annually, b
ut can also be paid monthly, quarterly or half-yearly.
In addition where planned maintenance and improvement works are carried out, the leaseholder will have to make a contribution to the cost of the work, on top of their existing service charge.
Further information regarding this or any other aspect of service charges is available from our Leasehold Unit in Belfast, which can be contacted on telephone 03448 920900.
Below are summaries of the insurance policies which provide guidance and assistance on making a claim for damage to the structure of the dwelling.