Right To Buy and Preserved Right to Buy in Scotland August 1987-September 2002: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

You asked for information on Right To Buy and Preserved Right to Buy in Scotland, during the period August 1987-September 2002.

  1. Were Cooperative Housing associations included in this scheme? If so,
  2. What was the total number of applications received in Scotland from these Cooperatives?
  3. How many successful applications were received from these Cooperatives?
  4. How many successful applications came from Cooperatives in Glasgow?


While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested. The reasons why we don't have the information are explained below.

In response to your first question, under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 every house let under a secure tenancy where the landlord was a Housing Co-operative had the right to buy. However the Housing (Scotland) 2001 Act inserted a provision into the 1987 Act (section 61(4)(ca)) which specifically exempted tenancies of RSLs (Registered Social Landlord's which are co-operative housing associations from the right to buy.

With regards to your remaining requests, Scottish Government data collections covered sales of public housing stock for local authority and stock transfer housing associations only. Therefore we have not collected information on right to buy sales by cooperative housing associations.

A paper copy of this response will be sent as requested to your postal address.

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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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