Aberdeen suspends the right to buy for 10 years
A council in Scotland has agreed to suspend sales of its homes through right to buy for up to 10 years to safeguard its stock.
Aberdeen Council’s housing and environment committee agreed to stop people purchasing their council homes in 50 areas of the city earlier this week.
The areas have all been hit by a shortage of properties from previous sales.
On 4 September 2007, the Scottish Government approved 35 areas in Aberdeen for pressured area status, implementing a five-year right to buy suspension. That suspension expires on 4 September this year.
Following the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010, the Scottish Government now allows local authorities to make their own decision on pressure areas.
Although councillors in Aberdeen agreed a 10-year suspension, the areas can be reviewed.
Almost 10,000 tenants were contacted as part of the consultation into the proposal. Of the 1,324 who responded, 56 per cent agreed with the proposal and 34 per cent disagreed.
Neil Cooney, convener of the housing and environment committee, said: ‘There is a real need to ensure that we maximise the use of our existing resources by ensuring that priority is given to those in the greatest housing need.
‘The demand for housing from homeless, new applicants and those who need or want a transfer remains very high.’
More than 18,000 council properties have been sold in Aberdeen through the right to buy scheme since 1980. Over the past 10 years the average number of new applicants waiting for council housing is approximately 5,500 per year with an average of 2,500 properties let each year.