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Property Acquisition (Buy Back)

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Our policy on buying homes was approved in July 2017. We can actively look for purchases through the open market, or in response to enquiries from owners looking to sell their property. These properties will normally be ex-local authority, although non-local authority can be considered in exceptional circumstances.

The policy sets out a specific set of circumstances in which we will consider purchasing homes. A review of the policy was carried out in October 2020 which introduced a 6th measure.

A property will be considered under the process where it meets at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Resolve a Homeless Situation / Prevent Homelessness*
  2. To help meet housing need where there are significant pressures and limited opportunities to build new homes
  3. To facilitate Estate Action or Regeneration Schemes
  4. To facilitate New Build Schemes
  5. To meet specific needs
  6. To meet specific tenants’ housing needs for more appropriately sized or adapted properties by adopting a transfer-led approach to maximise housing opportunities

* The Council may purchase properties to prevent homelessness through the Scottish Government’s Mortgage to Rent Scheme if the applicant and property meet the relevant criteria. See Home Owners Support Fund.

A detailed explanation of each criteria is included in the policy document, which is available at the bottom of this page.

For further enquires please email Property.Acquisitions@fife.gov.uk.

In your email please include:

  • Name
  • Address (and property you're interested in selling, should this differ)
  • Property type and number of bedrooms
  • Contact telephone number
  • If your property's on the market or not. Please include a link if it is.

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