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Housing Statistics for Scotland - Sales of Social Sector Housing

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Sales of Social Sector Housing

  • The introduction of right to buy legislation in 1979 had a substantial impact on the profile of Scottish housing;
  • Since then, nearly half a million sales of public sector stock have taken place, likely bringing the total impact of Right to Buy above this, once housing association sales are considered.
  • The annual rate of sales to sitting tenants peaked at just under 40,000 in 1989, at the height of the housing boom. It then fell rapidly in the early 1990s as the housing market crashed, settling at around 15,000 per year from the mid 1990s until the mid 2000s.
  • Legislation introduced as part of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 then resulted in significant changes in right to buy terms for new tenants from 2002.
  • The provision to end Right to Buy with a two year notice period was included in the Housing (Scotland) Bill which received Royal Assent on 1st August 2014, and the scheme subsequently closed to new applicants on 31st July 2016.

  • There were 2,994 sales of local authority dwellings in the year to end March 2017, up 73% on the 1,735 in the year to end March 2016.
  • Figures giving the Right to Buy Entitlement of local authority tenancies (including those whose stock has transferred to a housing association) for each year up to end March 2016 are available here.

 

Sales Tables

The sales tables in this section are based largely on two sources, which differ in terms of coverage, so users should ensure that they read the footnotes to the sales tables:

The SALES1 summary return collects information on applications for and sales of local authority owned housing only.

It covers all sales, not just sales to sitting tenants. Sales figures in local authorities that have transferred their housing stock to housing associations are excluded from the local authority figures.

Applications and sales summary (from SALES1 summary return combined with housing association sales)

  • National summary tables of applications for and sales of social housing.
  • Last updated September 2017

Applications and sales (LA housing only) (from SALES1 summary return)

  • Quarterly, financial year and calendar year time series of applications by sitting tenants and sales to sitting tenants by local authority area, 1998 to current. Applications and sales in local authorities that have transferred their housing stock to housing associations are excluded from these tables.
  • Last updated June 2018

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The SALES3 case based return collects information on sales to sitting tenants only. This includes right to buy sales, rent to mortgage sales and voluntary sales.

To create a consistent time series of right to buy sales and compare trends across Scotland, sales figures in local authorities that have transferred their housing stock to housing associations are included in the figures.

Sales to sitting tenants (from SALES3 individual return)

  • National sales to sitting tenants by dwelling type, 1979 to current
  • Local authority area time series of sales to sitting tenants, 1996 to current
  • Financial information about sales to sitting tenants - mean market value, selling price and discount, by local authority area, 1996 to current
  • Last updated June 2018

Components of sales to sitting tenants (from SALES3 individual return)

  • Quarterly, financial and calendar year time series giving a breakdown of the number of right to buy (old terms) sales, right to buy (modernised terms) sales, rent to mortgage sales and voluntary sales
  • Last updated June 2018