Right to buy ditched by the Scottish

It is expected that up to 18,000 homes would be kept in the social rented sector over the next 10 years, rather than being sold to tenants.

A new Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) will be created, and the introduction of a charter for social housing, aims to improve value for tenants and taxpayers by assessing landlords’ performance.

Around one in four Scottish households, about 600,000 homes, are in the social rented sector.

With Royal Assent, the Act’s provisions on Right to Buy will come into force on March 1, 2011.

Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil said:

"This is a major milestone for social housing in Scotland. The Housing Act will ensure that social housing is protected for future generations, providing homes for the people and jobs in the Scottish economy."

"It will give Council and Housing Associations the confidence to invest in new housing without fearing they will have to sell those houses at a discounted price."

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  1. Major Landlord

    Thank goodness the Scits have seen sense. I only hope the UK government does the same thing in England, Wales and N. Ireland.

    Why should people be allowed to sit for years in social housing that was meant to provide temporary assistance, paying low rents, and then have the right to buy it at a knockdown price just because their circumstances allow them to? Surely that’s the point when they should leave, take responsibility for buying a house on the same terms as everyone else, and make that social housing unit available agin to somebody who is more4 needy?

    Maggie Thatcher got this one totally wrong. All she has done is create a state-subsidised, discounted house buying scheme for one privileged sector of the community, and given the housebuilders a constant demand for over-priced social housing newbuilds. In the end, the rest of us pick up all the tabs.

    If we really need social housing stock, we should KEEP it.