Selling or renting your former council property
If you own an ex-council property in the Cotswolds area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) there may be a legal restriction (known as a Section 157) placed on the sale or re-let of your property.
If the restriction applies, and the property was originally bought from Cotswold District Council under the Right to Buy scheme before 28 February 1997, you will need to apply to us for consent to sell or re-let your property.
After 28 February 1997 we transferred our housing stock to a housing association, now known as the Bromford Group. The restrictions still apply but you will need to apply to Bromford directly for their consent.
Check if your property has a Section 157 restriction
You can either check your property deeds or access the Land Registry service (fees may apply).
Applying for consent to sell or let
We will require you to market the property solely to local people for a period of 8 weeks before we will consider an application for consent to a person who doesn’t automatically qualify for it. This is to allow local people more time to buy or let these properties before they can be offered for sale or let in the open market.
1. Tell your estate agent about the restriction
Details of the restriction need to be clearly advertised in the marketing details to reduce the risk of the sale falling through because the council will not give consent. For further details and wording see our:
2. Inform our Strategic Housing team
Once you have appointed estate agents you will need to notify us in writing of:
- Your name(s)
- The estate agent details
- Full address of the property to be marketed
- When the marketing will commence
- Provide a link to the marketing material online (ie. Right Move / Zoopla)
Post to: Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GLOS, GL7 1PX.
We will then advertise the property on our Former council properties for sale webpage for an eight week period.
3. Once you have a potential buyer/ tenant
Application for consent
You do not need to wait until the end of the eight week period if your buyer or tenant has either lived and/or worked within Gloucestershire or the Cotswolds AONB continually for 3 years immediately prior to the proposed purchase of the property.
They will need to complete a statutory declaration which your or their solicitor signs and provide two forms of supporting evidence:
- utility bills
- copies of Electoral Roll
- council tax bills
- letters from employer(s) confirming continuous employment in Gloucestershire.
If the buyer or tenant doesn’t meet the criteria
We may grant consent for the sale after the initial eight week marketing period.