Scotland looks set to end right to buy
The Scottish Government has outlined plans which could end right to buy in Scotland in a bid to curb the selling off of council homes.
Housing minister Keith Brown launched a consultation on plans to limited eligibility for right to buy at the Scottish Federation of Housing Association’s annual conference today. He also said the Scottish Government is considering ending right to buy altogether in the future.
This comes as the UK government is pushing its move to ‘reinvigorate’ the right to buy in England.
Currently, more than half a million tenants are entitled to buy their home in Scotland.
Mr Brown has suggested either limiting preserved right to buy, which applies to people living in stock transferred homes, or ending right to buy altogether.
The changes could lead to up to 20,000 fewer social homes being sold off over the next 10 years, helping to maintain the stock of affordable homes for rent. The affordable rented sector in Scotland has lost around half a million properties to right to buy sales since its introduction in 1980.
‘Over the years, the sale of hundreds of thousands of properties under right to buy has led to a haemorrhaging in our social housing stock,’ Mr Brown said.
‘As well as eroding the asset base, right to buy leaves landlords out of pocket, which can lead to higher rents for remaining tenants, and make it harder to invest in new stock.’
Mary Taylor, chief executive of the SFHA, said: ‘There is clear agreement in our sector, that although beneficial to some individuals, the right to buy has no place in an affordable rented sector that is striving to meet the growing housing needs of Scotland’s population.’