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Hello, thank you for contacting us here at just answer. I am very sorry to hear of your situation, however these statutory rules are very strict. If your son that has lived locally for more than the requisite 3 years can buy it, then he could buy it and what he does with it after purchase or who he lets to live in the property would not be of concern to the local authority. They may however suspect that the son who qualifies is not using it for himself and can validly refuse to accept his offer. It I regrettable that he has not been in the borough for the last 6 years but if you trust that as brothers your son that qualifies will honour the agreement to then transfer to his brother once he has lived in the property for the 3 years then you could go forward with having him put his offer. I wish you all the best.