What are Right to Acquire Mortgages?

Interested in the prospect of a Right to Acquire mortgage and curious about whether you're eligible? The Revolution Right to Acquire guide covers everything you'll need to know to make a valid claim.

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Based on your yearly income, you may be able to borrow:


Most lenders will let you borrow 4.5 times your annual salary so, as long as you have a standard 10% deposit, you should be able to borrow this much.


Depending on your personal circumstances, some lenders may let you borrow 5 times your salary.


Lenders usually cap the amount they lend at 5.5 times your salary, so it’s unlikely you’ll be able to borrow more than this.

This calculator is an estimation of how much you could borrow. If you’re ready to take out a mortgage, speak to a Revolution brokers to see what options are available.

What are Right to Acquire Mortgages?

Right to Acquire is a different scheme from Right to Buy, and is intended for housing association tenants who are looking to get onto the property ladder.

The scheme offers discounts on the property market value, which depends on your tenancy circumstances, type of property, and other eligibility criteria.

This guide summarises how the Right to Acquire scheme works - for more information, or for help finding Right to Acquire lending, give the Revolution Brokers team a call on 0330 304 3040, or send us a message to info@revolutionbrokers.co.uk.

How Does the Right to Acquire Scheme Work?

The government Right to Acquire scheme provides discounts on the cost of buying a housing association property for tenants in England who have been renting from the public sector for at least three years.

Types of applicable landlords include:

  • Housing associations.
  • Local councils.
  • Armed forces.
  • NHS trusts.

Discounts available are from £9,000 to £16,000 and may be reduced if you have used Right to Acquire or Right to Buy before.

In most cases, you need to pay a deposit and apply to a mortgage provider offering Right to Acquire products.

How Do I Go About Applying for Right to Acquire Discount?

The first step is to fill in a Right to Acquire application form and send it to your landlord. They have four weeks to respond, approving or rejecting your application. If you have been with your current landlord for less than three years, they have eight weeks to reply.

If your landlord rejects the application, they need to explain why and you do not have the right to appeal.

Should the landlord agree, they need to send you an offer within eight weeks for a freehold home, or twelve weeks for leaseholds. They can also offer an alternative property, although they do not have to - and it's up to you whether to accept the offer.

What are the Eligibility Criteria for Right to Acquire Mortgage Discounts?

The government set the criteria, which are:

  • Having a public sector landlord for three or more years.
  • Renting from a landlord registered with Homes England.
  • The property is self-contained, and your only home (or primary residence).
  • The house must have been bought, or built, by a housing association and funded through an eligible social housing grant after March 1997.
  • Or, the property must have been transferred to the housing association from the local council after the same date.

You can apply as a joint applicant with a partner or someone who shares your tenancy. This applies as long as the other person is on the tenancy agreement, or can include up to three members of your family, who don't need to be on the agreement, as long as they have lived with you for at least a year.

If you have been bankrupt or have a repossession on your credit file, you may not use Right to Acquire.

What Deposit do I need for a Right to Acquire Mortgage?

Generally, you'll need around 5-10% deposit of the property value, although this changes significantly between lenders, and depends on several other criteria.

Most lenders will have a limit on the deposit value accepted for a Right to Acquire mortgage.

If you have no deposit, you might be able to use the discount instead of a deposit, although it's likely that the terms will be slightly less competitive.

For help with finding Right to Acquire lending without a deposit, or with a low deposit value, give us a call on 0330 304 3040.

How Do Affordability Calculations Work for Right to Acquire Mortgages?

Lenders will need to check what you earn and make sure you can afford to keep up with the mortgage repayments.

There are several things they will assess as part of the affordability calculation:

  • Your income, and how much disposable income you have. This arrives at a debt to income ratio, taking into account other obligations and debts owing.
  • Lenders usually calculate three to four times your annual income to arrive at the maximum they will lend. Sometimes this can be as high as five or six times, depending on the policies of the lender and meeting all other criteria.
  • Your employment stability, and whether you have permanent employment, and if so, whether your annual income is variable and includes commissions of bonuses. Some lenders will include all income in the affordability assessment, and others have different rules, so if your income varies, it is essential to consult an experienced broker.
  • If you are self-employed, you will need to provide tax returns or accounts for at least three years for most lenders. Some niche providers will accept fewer years of accounting records.

The best way to find competitive Right to Acquire lending if you rely on benefits or variable income streams is to contact an independent broker who will recommend the right lenders who are comfortable accepting these forms of income.

Is There an Age Limit on a Right to Acquire Mortgage?

Not specifically, but lenders do have their own caps on who they will lend to. Some will have a maximum age of 75; others 85, and some have no limit at all, so it's all about applying to the right lenders.

If you are retired but have a reliable income stream, you can find Right to Acquire lending from a specialist later life lender.

Can I Get a Right to Acquire Mortgage with Bad Credit?

It all depends on how severe the bad credit issues were, and when they occurred. If you have a bankruptcy or repossession on your credit file, you cannot apply for a Right to Acquire discount.

Niche bad credit lenders often accept other less serious credit issues - give us a call if this applies, and we'll recommend the best course of action.

Is the Mortgage Rescue Scheme Available to Use with a Right to Acquire Loan?

No, this is no longer possible - the Mortgage Rescue Scheme has now closed.

Expert Advice on UK Right to Acquire Mortgages

Whether you're interested in working out whether you are eligible, have been rejected for Right to Acquire lending, or want to compare the deals available on the market, Revolution Finance Brokers can help.

Give us a call on 0330 304 3040, or send an email to info@revolutionbrokers.co.uk.

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