Scottish ministers urged to axe right to buy
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has called on ministers to scrap the right to buy, saying it has ‘no place’ in 21st century Scotland.
In its response to a government consultation that closes this week, the group said the move would safeguard landlords’ income streams and maintain social housing stock north of the border.
The Scottish Government launched a consultation on changing the right to buy in June. It proposed either limiting which tenants would qualify for the scheme, or scrapping it entirely. The consultation closes on Thursday.
The SFHA said ending the right to buy was the ‘unequivocal message’ from its members, but that it did not oppose homeownership outright.
It also said there is anecdotal evidence to suggest the quality of homes sometimes falls after they are bought by tenants, and that many right to buy homes are eventually sold to private landlords.
Almost half a million properties have been sold in Scotland since the right to buy was introduced in 1980.
Andy Young, policy and membership manager at the SFHA, said: ‘It is the view of the SFHA and its members that right to buy has had its day and has no place in 21st century Scotland. It has been beneficial to a relatively small number of individuals, but in our view a loss to the greater public good.
‘We therefore urge the Scottish Government to give notice to all those tenants with the right to buy that the scheme will be abolished in one year’s time.’