Right to Buy

The Scottish Government's intention to end right to buy entitlements has been included in The Housing (Scotland) Bill which was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 21 November 2013. The proposal as it currently stands is that right to buy will end three years from the date the Bill becomes law.

At Stage 1 of the Bill, the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee makes recommendations on whether they agree with the proposal or whether they think anything should change. The Committee has now finished hearing evidence from stakeholders including landlord and tenant representatives.  Most people told the Committee that they wanted the notice period to be shorter than three years.  You can now read the Committee's Stage 1 report, which agrees with the proposal to end right to buy but recommends that the notice period should be changed to one year.  Ministers will now consider this recommendation and decide whether they agree that the notice period should change.  We will update this page with any further news and you can also keep up to date with the progress of the Bill at the Scottish Parliament's website.

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 305 4086.  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.