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Home ownership

This content applies to England & Wales

Information on buying a home, right to buy, leasehold, service charges, shared ownership, rental purchase, mortgage arrears and compulsory purchase orders.

Buying a home

The steps involved in buying a home. 

Buying LA and PRPSH housing

The different schemes that enable tenants of local authorities, housing associations and other private registered providers of social housing to buy their own homes. 


A brief introduction to commonhold - commonhold is a new way of buying property introduced in 2004. 

Leasehold property

The position of a person who owns her/his home on a long lease, and the basic principles relating to leasehold. Extending a lease, purchasing the freehold, the right to manage a block of flats, and the costs that can be passed on to leaseholders as service charges. 

Shared and low-cost home ownership

Shared ownership and low-cost home ownership schemes, which help people who could not normally afford to do so buy a home on the open market. The different types of schemes available, and some aspects common to all schemes. 

Mobile homes

The legal position of a person buying a mobile home as a residence. 

Mortgage arrears: payment problems

What happens when a borrower falls into arrears with her/his mortgage, and the steps that can be taken to resolve the situation. 

Charging orders and orders for sale

Court orders securing debts against property and orders forcing the sale of property. 

Compulsory purchase orders

What compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) are and when they are issued 

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