§ Mr. Heddle
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is satisfied that, in the light of delays in certain local authorities in the processing of right-to-buy applications under the Housing Act 1980, any RTB 1 form received by a local authority before 3 April will be recorded as having been received before the relevant date for the purposes of the Act; and whether he is satisfied that delays in purchase procedures will not affect such an application.
§ Mr. Stanley
The price paid for a dwelling sold under the right-to-buy provisions of the Housing Act 1980 is based on its value at"the relevant time". The"relevant time" depends on when the tenant serves a valid notice claiming to exercise the right to buy. If the tenant serves such a notice on his landlord on or before 3 April 1981, the"relevant time" is 8 August 1980 the date on which the Act was passed, and the price he will pay for his home will be based on its value at that date. If such a notice is served after 3 April 1981, the"relevant time" will be the date of service of the notice. Delays which occur after the service of a notice will not affect the valuation of a dwelling or the price which a tenant has to pay. Tenants serving right to buy notices have been advised to use recorded delivery or to deliver them by hand and to obtain a receipt.