The property being in the Rural area is indeed one of the reasons which the property may be exempt from certain conditions but please read on:
this is the statute:
In this latter document, you can see that in a rural you may only only be able to sell to a person who lives or works locally (see pages 24/ 25).
There is however no restriction in that document on the initial purchase.
Also, the government webpages also referred to restrictions on reselling:
and this guideline says the same:
To be honest, I cannot find anything which prevents a tenant buying the property under the right to buy. The only restriction I can find is on reselling and I have to tell you this stage because of the restriction on reselling, you may struggle to get a mortgage unless you are buying cash.
Don’t try to deal with this on the telephone. Put it in writing and I would refer them government publications which only referred to reselling and notwithstanding the statutory provision they have given you, can they please give you the statutory provision which prevents you buying because they have only given you the statutory provision which makes the area a rural area and you can’t find anything from the government which says that you are exempt from purchasing.
You need to also say that as the property next door was subject to a right to buy, they please explain why it didn’t apply to next door although it does apply to you.
Depending on when door was purchased, the legislation may have changed between then and now but do ask.
If they don’t give you a satisfactory response, then make a complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman and also the Housing Ombudsman.
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