Right to Buy

'Right to Buy' will end for all council and housing association tenants in Scotland on 1 August 2016. Tenants with a right to buy that they are allowed to use will have until 31 July 2016 to do so.

We have published information for tenants who want to exercise a right to buy before right to buy ends.

Please email enquiries to rtb@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or call 0131 244 5401. We can't advise on individual entitlements, but we can give general advice on the rules.

Right to Buy Guidance

A guidance circular for social landlords and an information booklet for tenants on the existing rules are available.  Tenants can also download an application form.

Printed copies of the circular and booklet are available through the Scottish Government, by contacting rtb@scotland.gsi.gov.uk. There are no printed copies of the application form, which is only available for download. Please note that applications should only be made on this form and you should dispose of any stocks of the old application form (APP1).

Separate guidance for local authorities on the designation of pressured areas is available.

Guidance is also available for local authorities wishing to make an application under section 69 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

Guidance was published for registered social landlords who wanted to apply for an extension of the suspension of modernised RTB after September 2012 in accordance with the Housing Scotland Act 2001, s 44. This affects modernised right to buy in some housing associations. Although the deadline for registered social tenants to apply is has passed, this guidance may still be of interest to tenants affected by the suspension.

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Background

We consulted on the future of Right to Buy in Scotland in 2012.