09 January 2015
Applications received prior to 1 August 2016 that remain incomplete and therefore invalid on 1 August 2016 cannot proceed.
To be complete, an application to buy must include:
- Notice of intention to buy; period(s) of occupation; names of any joint purchaser; and
- A Council certificate stating the applicant(s) has paid Council tax and water charges or, if not, noting any outstanding charges.
It is most likely that applications will be incomplete for lack of the Council certificate.
In June and July 2016 RSLs dealing with RTB applications should be particularly vigilant to:
- Ensure potential applicants are aware that they should apply to the Council for a Certificate before the end of June 2016, as the Council has 21 days in which to provide its Certificate.
- Quickly identify incomplete applications.
- Request any missing information as soon as possible to give applicants the opportunity to rectify any omission before 1 August 2016.
- Include with requests a clear and strongly worded reminder that, if the information is not provided by 31 July, the application will not be valid and cannot proceed.
A complete application received just before 1 August 2016 can still be refused if the information provided is incorrect (rather than incomplete). Such a refusal must be issued within the statutory deadline, which may be after 1 August 2016.
See also our article on Last Minute RTB Applications.