Right to Buy

The Scottish Government's intention to end right to buy entitlements was included in The Housing (Scotland) Bill which was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 25 June 2014 and received Royal Assent on 1 August 2014.  This means that right to buy will end for all council and housing association tenants in Scotland. Tenants with a right to buy that they are allowed to use will have two years to do so.  This two-year ‘notice period’ will start on a date that has still to be decided, but is likely to be no earlier than August. That would mean right to buy would end no earlier than August 2016. We will update this page with any further news.

A list of questions and answers gives more information about what ending right to buy means for tenants.

Please send any enquiries to rtb@scotland.gsi.gov.uk  Emails are monitored daily and we will respond as soon as possible. If you do not have email access call 0141 242 5496.  We can't advise on individual entitlements. If you have questions about your entitlement please contact your landlord.

Right to Buy Guidance

A guidance circular for social landlords, a booklet for tenants and an application form are available:

Hard copies of the circular and booklet are also available and can be obtained through the Scottish Government, by contacting rtb@scotland.gsi.gov.uk. There are no hard copies of the application form, which is only available for download. Please note that applications should only be made on this form and any stocks of the old application form (APP1) should be disposed of.

Separate guidance for local authorities on the designation of pressured areas is available.

Guidance is also available for local authorities wishing to make an application under section 69 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

Guidance was published for registered social landlords who wished to apply for an extension of the suspension of modernised RTB after September 2012 in accordance with section 44 of the Housing Scotland Act 2001.  This affects with modernised right to buy in some housing associations.  Although the deadline for registered social tenants to apply is now past, this guidance may still be of interest to the tenants affected by the suspension.

Further useful information on buying a home:

If you have any questions please contact rtb@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.

We can't provide legal advice on individual circumstances, only general advice on the right to buy rules.


The 'Future of Right to Buy in Scotland' consultation took place between 7 June and 30 August 2012.

A final consultation report explaining the process and decision is now available.