Right to Buy

Posted on 23 April 2010 by Taiwo


My partner is a day trader and self employed, but has little money coming in. He has a bad credit score and he has been offered the right to buy his property by the council.

What can he do?

Taiwo

Your partner has 3 months to tell his Landlord whether or not he is going to take up his right to buy and it does not sound to me that this will be long enough to rearrange his finances.

Unless he has the cash to purchase the property, he will need to arrange a mortgage and I think he will find this very difficult in his current circumstances.

I suggest that he takes the following steps:

1) Obtains a copy of his credit report to determine what, if any, adverse records are showing. If he uses one of the main agencies, such as Experian, Equifax or Call Credit they normally have a free offer available to do this.

2) Considers asking an accountant to prepare a profit and loss statement showing his income for the last 3 years or makes sure he has copies of his self assessment tax returns and any tax calculation forms (SA302) from the Inland Revenue.

3) Saves at least a 10% deposit based on the reduced purchase price.

4) Consults an independent mortgage broker about his situation.

Peter

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