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What is a right-to-buy mortgage?

A right to buy mortgage is a government scheme that enables council tenants to buy their homes in the UK. Sometimes, these homes are offered at a significant discount and may not even require a deposit as it would be the case with other types of mortgages. Most lenders allow the borrowers to put the discount down as part of the purchase price.

As it is with other mortgages, the right to buy mortgage is also subjected to affordability checks. The discount an individual receives on the house depends on factors such as the type of property, location, and value at the time of application.

When can I apply for a right-to-buy mortgage?

You can apply for a right to buy mortgage if:

  • The property is your only residence
  • The house is self-contained
  • There is a legal document binding you, the tenant, to the landlord at the time of application
  • You have had a public sector landlord for at least 3 years
  • You are based in England

It is also essential that you prove you can finance the mortgage. Therefore, your finances and credit score will also be assessed to determine whether you qualify for the mortgage facility. When found eligible, you are offered the mortgage up to six times your salary.

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When should I seek the services of a special lender?

FAQs

Who organises Right to Buy?

A scheme set up by the government to enable the purchasing of local authority housing.


How do I find info about property ownership?

The land registry is where information regarding ownership and rights to the property in question are recorded.


What is a mortgage term?

A mortgage term is the total number of years in which you have taken the mortgage over. The term that you take isn’t just a ‘pluck a figure out of thin air’ arrangement, and is something you need to consider seriously. It goes without saying the longer you take the mortgage term, the more interest you will pay, so it’s in your best interest to keep the term as low as possible on this basis. That said, it’s not always that easy as having a shorter mortgage term as the term itself can have a significant bearing on the amount you can borrow and the monthly repayments. The length of the mortgage should always be specific to your needs and not simply a generic figure.

DNA Financial Solutions Privacy Notice

Why should you read this document?

During the course of dealing with us, we will ask you to provide us with detailed personal information relating to your existing circumstances, your financial situation and, in some cases, your health and family health history (Your Personal Data). This document is important as it allows us to explain to you what we will need to do with Your Personal Data, and the various rights you have in relation to Your Personal Data. The Data Protection Officer for DNA Financial Solutions is Drew Turner. We are registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ZA239120)

What do we mean by “Your Personal Data”?

Your Personal Data means any information that describes or relates to your personal circumstances. Your Personal Data may identify you directly, for example your name, address, date of birth, national insurance number. Your Personal Data may also identify you indirectly, for example, your employment situation, your physical and mental health history, or any other information that could be associated with your cultural or social identity. In the context of providing you with assistance in relation to your Mortgage and Protection requirements Your Personal Data may include:

The basis upon which our firm will deal with Your Personal Data

When we speak with you about your mortgage requirements, we do so on the basis that both parties are entering a contract for the supply of services. In order to perform that contract, and to arrange the products you require, we have the right to use Your Personal Data for the purposes detailed below. Alternatively, either in the course of initial discussions with you or when the contract between us has come to an end for whatever reason, we have the right to use Your Personal Data provided it is in our legitimate business interest to do so and your rights are not affected. For example, we may need to respond to requests from mortgage lenders, insurance providers and our Compliance Service Provider relating to the advice we have given to you, or to make contact with you to seek feedback on the service you received. On occasion, we will use Your Personal Data for contractual responsibilities we may owe our regulator, The Financial Conduct Authority, or for wider compliance with any legal or regulatory obligation to which we might be subject. In such circumstances, we would be processing Your Personal Data in order to meet a legal, compliance or other regulatory obligation to which we are subject.

How do we collect Your Personal Data?

We will collect and record Your Personal Data from a variety of sources, but mainly directly from you. You will usually provide information during the course of our initial meetings or conversations with you to establish your circumstances and needs and preferences in relation to mortgages You will provide information to us verbally and in writing, including email. We may also obtain some information from third parties, for example, credit checks, information from your employer, and searches of information in the public domain such as the voters roll. If we use technology solutions to assist in the collection of Your Personal Data for example software that is able to verify your credit status. We will only do this if we have consent from you for us or our nominated processor to access your information in this manner. With regards to electronic ID checks we would not require your consent but will inform you of how such software operates and the purpose for which it is used.

What happens to Your Personal Data when it is disclosed to us?

In the course of handling Your Personal Data, we will:

Sharing Your Personal Data

From time to time Your Personal Data will be shared with:

In each case, Your Personal Data will only be shared for the purposes set out in this Customer Privacy Notice, i.e. to progress your mortgage enquiry and to provide you with our professional services. Please note that this sharing of Your Personal Data does not entitle such third parties to send you marketing or promotional messages: it is shared to ensure we can adequately fulfil our responsibilities to you, and as otherwise set out in this Customer Privacy Notice. We do not envisage that the performance by us of our service will involve Your Personal Data being transferred outside of the European Economic Area.

Security and retention of Your Personal Data

Your privacy is important to us and we will keep Your Personal Data secure in accordance with our legal responsibilities. We will take reasonable steps to safeguard Your Personal Data against it being accessed unlawfully or maliciously by a third party. We also expect you to take reasonable steps to safeguard your own privacy when transferring information to us, such as not sending confidential information over unprotected email, ensuring email attachments are password protected or encrypted and only using secure methods of postage when original documentation is being sent to us. Your Personal Data will be retained by us either electronically or in paper format for a minimum of six years, or in instances whereby we have legal right to such information we will retain records indefinitely.

Your rights in relation to Your Personal Data

You have the right to request a copy of the personal information that we hold about you, its origin and any recipients of it as well as the purpose of any data processing carried out.

If you have any questions or would like to exercise your right under this Privacy Policy, please contact Drew Turner via the following methods; Email – hello@dnafs.co.uk Phone – 07943 873384 We will aim to respond to all requests within 30 days except in instances where the request may be complex. We shall let you know within the 30-day period if we will need more time but no longer than 90 days. If you have any concerns or complaints as to how we have handled Your Personal Data you may lodge a complaint with the UK's data protection regulator, the ICO, who can be contacted through their website at https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/ or by writing to Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.