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RIGHT-TO-BUY ROW TO GO TO COURT

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North East Derbyshire DC is fighting a decision by the environment secretary which gave a tenant the right to buy h...
North East Derbyshire DC is fighting a decision by the environment secretary which gave a tenant the right to buy her pensioner-adapted council home because she changed the heating.

The DoE ruled that the woman was eligible to purchase under right-to-buy rules as it did not qualify as a senior citizen designated home because council-supplied heating had been removed and replaced with a gas system.

North East Derbyshire health and housing director David Hunt said the decision 'made a nonsense' of the legislation and if unchallenged could open the way for council tenants to take advantage of the loophole.

He said it was a landmark action. If lost, it could set a precedent which would make it impossible for councils to guarantee housing for senior citizens.

The council won the right to a judicial review earlier in the year, and expects a court date to be set for late summer.
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