Sales of Local Authority Dwellings to Sitting Tenants (Right to Buy)
Most sales of local authority housing to tenants are sales under Right to Buy although a small number cover other sales such as voluntary sales by local authorities to sitting tenants.
Chart 13: Local Authority Sales to Sitting Tenants: Quarterly applications and sales, 2004 onwards
In July 2013 the Scottish Government announced that the Right to Buy was to end for all tenants. Immediately following this announcement the number of applications and the number of sales between July and September 2013 both increased (by 39% and 44% respectively) compared to the previous quarter. The increases were higher than in the same quarter of 2012, where the number of applications and the number of sales increased by 5% and 7% respectively.
The most recent figures available are for July to September 2015. During this period there were 1,161 Right to Buy applications (10% higher than in the same quarter the previous year, and 19% higher than in the same quarter in 2013) and 437 sales (19% higher than in the same quarter in the previous year, and 32% higher than in the same quarter in 2013).
Throughout the year to end September 2015 there were 1,606 sales to sitting tenants, 12% more than in the previous year and 3,890 applications which is 16% more than the previous year.
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