Right to buy

Mayor of London extends Right to Buy-back scheme to support arrival of Afghan refugees

Councils and housing associations across London are to be given support to buy former council homes from the private sector that can be used to resettle families arriving from Afghanistan

Published 27 August 2021

Edinburgh to pilot right to buy reversal to bring forward repairs

The City of Edinburgh Council is to pilot an initiative that will offer homeowners the chance to sell their homes back to the local authority if they are struggling to pay for shared repair responsibilities.

Published 7 June 2021

England: Shared ownership right to buy roll-out confirmed for housing association tenants

A new shared ownership model which will allow housing association tenants in England to buy a stake in their home for as little as £2,000 is to go ahead, housing secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed.

Published 17 October 2019

Scottish council homes sold for £2bn profit under Right to Buy

Former council homes in Scotland which were purchased under the Right to Buy (RtB) policy made around £2 billion in profit for their owners during the last decade and a half of the policy.

Published 14 March 2019

England: New figures ‘reinforce need to suspend Right to Buy’

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has repeated its call for the UK Government to suspend its Right to Buy policy after new figures revealed less than a third of homes sold since 2012 have been replaced.

Published 20 December 2018

England: CIH renews support for Right to Buy suspension

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has reiterated its call for the suspension of the Right to Buy after new government figures revealed more homes were again sold under the policy than were replaced.

Published 14 September 2018

England: Voluntary right to buy pilot launched for housing association tenants

A £200 million pilot has been launched today to extend the right to buy for social housing association tenants in England.

Published 16 August 2018

England: CIH calls for Right to Buy suspension as sales continue to outstrip replacements

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has urged the UK government to suspend its Right to Buy policy as new figures revealed that the sale of homes under the scheme continue to outstrip replacement properties.

Published 29 June 2018

Housing association tenant’s appeal for ‘right to buy’ property dismissed

A housing association tenant whose application to purchase her home under “right to buy” legislation was refused has had her appeal against the decision dismissed.

Published 10 April 2018

Right to Buy formally abolished in Wales

Legislation to protect the stock and incentivise the building of new social housing in Wales has been given Royal Assent by Her Majesty the Queen marking the abolition of the Right to Buy across the country.

Published 25 January 2018

Radio 4 series tells story of social housing in Britain

The history of social housing in Britain is being revealed in a new ten-part series by Radio 4.

Published 30 August 2017

Wales: Right to Buy suspended in Cardiff

The Welsh Government is to suspend the Right to Buy in Cardiff to ensure social housing is available for those who need it, communities and children secretary Carl Sargeant has announced.

Published 31 July 2017

Ex-Army officer loses appeal over ‘right to buy’ discount on council house

A former member of the armed forces who claimed he was entitled to a larger discount on the purchase price of his council home than he was offered under “right to buy” legislation has had his appeal refused.

Published 30 March 2017

End of an era as Melville sells last Right to Buy home

Melville Housing Association has celebrated the completion of its final home sale under the now abolished Right to Buy scheme.

Published 21 March 2017

Wales: New law proposed to abolish the Right to Buy

Proposed legislation to abolish the Right to Buy and associated rights is expected to be introduced in the National Assembly for Wales today.

Published 13 March 2017