Pressured Area Status

Extend the Suspension of Right To Buy

It is our intention to apply to the Scottish Government to extend the suspension of Right to Buy on all our properties until 2022.

If the Association is successful then this will mean that you cannot exercise your Right to Buy until at least 2022.  If we are unsuccessful then tenants in Wick and the landward areas of Caithness will have the Right to Buy subject to cost floor rules and various other pieces of legislation.  However tenants in Thurso would not be able to exercise their Right to Buy until 2015 at the earliest because house sales in Thurso and surrounding areas are protected by Pressured Area Status.

We will of course advise everyone of the outcome of our application once we know the result, most probably in the late Summer.

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 1 August 2014.  This means that right to buy will end for all tenants of social housing in Scotland on 1 August 2016.  Any application made after 31 July 2016 therefore will not be considered but any application submitted up to that date will be processed as normal.

The Scottish Government has now published a guide for tenants on what this means for them.  It gives general information about their options during the notice period before right to buy ends.  The guide is available at this link:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/Housing/reform/housing-bill

If you have any questions or comments on this matter then please feel free to contact Richard Armitage, Chief Executive.

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