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Housing and Regeneration Act 2008

Section 180 – Right to Acquire

526.This section reproduces the effect of section 16(1) of the 1996 Act in relation land in England. It provides that an assured or secure tenant of a registered provider has the right to acquire if the provision of the dwelling was publicly funded and has remained in the social rented sector since that provision, and if the tenant satisfies certain qualifying conditions.

527.These qualifying conditions are equivalent to those for Right to Buy and are defined with reference to the Right to Buy legislation – Part V of the Housing Act 1985. “Publicly funded” and “remained in the social rented sector” are defined at section 181 and 182 respectively.

528.Subsection (3)(b) refers to a person who provided the dwelling by means of grant by the Housing Corporation under section 27A of the 1996 Act. This broadly replicates the effect of section 16A of the 1996 Act, which gives the right to acquire to tenants whose homes were provided under the Housing Corporations power to give grants to non-RSLs.

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