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How to buy with other people

Updated: 22 Mar 2019
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You and your partner can apply together
Family playing together
A maximum of four people including the secure tenant can apply to buy their Housing Executive home.  A joint purchase must be one of the following:
  • the spouse of the tenant, or
  • a person who has resided with the tenant for 12 months prior to the application under the scheme.
If the applicant is in receipt of Housing Benefit, prospective joint purchasers must be included within their Housing Benefit as non dependent.   
Where the tenant is not in receipt of Housing Benefit two items of proof are required – one for the 12 month period prior to the application and one to confirm the current occupancy.  The following are the required documents:
  • benefit notifications
  • wages / salary slips (where they indicate the employee’s address)
  • bank / building society statement
  • utility bills.
National Insurance numbers must be provided for all joint purchasers.  Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.

Joint tenants

The written agreement of any joint tenant who does not wish to exercise their right to buy must be obtained before the remaining tenant(s) can proceed to exercise their right to buy.  This may affect discount entitlement and the tenancy of any non-purchasing tenant will end when the property has been purchased.