Right To Buy Has Ended

On the 1 August 2016 the Right to Buy, which allows tenants in social housing to buy their homes came to an end in Scotland. Tenants with a right to buy had until the 31 July 2016 to submit an application.

The Right to Buy in Scotland was established by the Tenants’ Rights Etc. (Scotland) Act 1980. Subsequent legislation by the UK Parliament and indeed the Scottish Parliament made various amendments to the terms under which tenants could exercise the Right to Buy.

Between the years 1979/1980 and 2014/2015 a total of 494,580 council and housing association homes were apparently sold under Right to Buy in Scotland-homes no longer available for social renting.

The Scottish Parliament’s Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 brought the Right to Buy to an end. Commenting on this Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland said:

“It is good news that right-to-buy has finally had its day in Scotland. It has no place in Scotland’s housing system today.”

“More than half a million social homes were sold off under right-to-buy in Scotland. For every three homes sold only one was built in replacement-so no wonder we have a housing crisis in Scotland.”

“Now that right – to- buy is consigned to history- and with a waiting list of 150,000 for a council house-what Scotland desperately needs now is a step change in the delivery of affordable housing. We need to build at least 12,000 new affordable homes a year to meaningfully tackle Scotland’s housing crisis. We also need a new national homelessness strategy to get to grips with the root causes of homelessness.”

“Only with these progressive changes will we start to address the profound damage caused to our housing system by policies like right-to-buy and the decades of underinvestment in affordable housing.”

Wales looks set to follow Scotland’s example with the Welsh Assembly expected to introduce legislation on this issue within the next 12 months.

The situation in England is however different. UK government figures show that more than 52,500 people have purchased their home through Right to Buy since the scheme was reinvigorated in 2012 which amounts to 1000 households a month.

If you are looking to buy or sell property in Scotland then please contact Alison Gourley on 0141 552 3422 or by email ajg@mitchells-roberton.co.uk

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About Alison Gourley

Alison graduated from Edinburgh University School of Law in 1991. She joined Mitchells Roberton in 1996 and became an Associate thereafter. Alison specialises in both commercial and residential conveyancing, advising individuals, large and small businesses, banks, charities and further education institutions on all property transactions. Having 20 years experience in property law Alison has developed excellent relationships with surveyors, independent financial advisers and banks so is ready to act swiftly and effectively to meet her clients’ needs in an ever changing property market. She enjoys getting to know her clients and is committed to giving them an efficient service and is always friendly and approachable. She is also involved with the marketing aspects of the firm and is the solicitor in the office who trains the conveyancing paralegals. Alison is married to a photographer and has one child. In her free moments she likes to keep fit. She is a talented amateur artist and loves nature and the great outdoors.

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