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									CONSULTATION QUESTIONS

1.    Do you agree that further restrictions to the right to buy are needed?

Yes  No

 Councils across Scotland cannot afford to build new housing to replace the
 stock sold through the right to buy and there is a great demand for social
 housing.

 The right to buy attracts an unhealthy interest from people who are looking
 for financial gain.

 In some cases tenants have exercised their right to buy because the
 mortgage payments were less than the rent. However they often failed to
 consider the ongoing repairs and maintenance, which has resulted in the
 mixed tenure headache.

2.    Do you agree with the proposal to end the right to buy altogether?

Yes  No
Majority
 However there was concern amongst tenants that ending the right to buy
 will create a large increase in right to buy sales. Some agreed the
 economic downturn is likely to have impacted on many tenants’ ability to
 buy.

 Some do not agree with removing the right to buy from tenants who have
 lived in social housing for many years.

 The large discount given to long standing tenants compensates for the large
 amount of rent already paid.

 One tenant suggested the long term impact of ending the right to buy could
 be increased maintenance costs and questioned whether or not this would
 be sustainable.

3.    If so, what notice period should we give?

Two Years  Three Years        Five Years       Other

 Tenants agree the right to buy should be ended within the minimum, legally
 required, timescale.

 However concerns were raised again over a huge rise in sales and possible
 irresponsible buying.

4.    Do you agree with the proposal to move all those with a preserved
      entitlement onto modernised terms?

Yes      No 
 Tenants questioned whether it is legal for the Scottish Government to
 change a tenant’s rights.

 Tenants believe there should be a degree of difference in the right to buy
 discount for those who have lived in their house for a long time. They do
 not agree with the suggestion of moving people with a preserved
 entitlement onto the modernised terms.

5.     If so, what notice period should we give?

Two Years       Three Years       Five Years        Other

 Tenants do not agree with the suggestion of moving those who are entitled
 to the right to buy onto the modernised right to buy.

 However if this does happen tenants believe it should be a two years notice
 period.

6.     Which option do you prefer?

Ending right to buy  moving from preserved to modernised

 However there were differing views. One tenant suggested that long
 standing tenants should retain their right to buy.

7.     Do you think there would be any unexpected issues with either option?

Yes  No

 - Flood of right to buy sales – particularly from tenants living in good quality
 housing – causing a depletion of council housing stock.
 - Tenants expect to see an increase in mixed tenure problems.
 - Capital receipts which are reinvested into the current stock will stop and
 this will have an impact on the housing business plan.
 - Increased cost of repairs as the high quality stock is sold.
 - Continuing with the right to buy could result in landlords being left with low
 demand and difficult to let council stock, with high ongoing repairs and
 maintenance costs.

8.     What financial effect would our proposed changes have on social
       landlords, particularly over the longer term?

 If the right to buy is brought to an end councils will not be able to finance
 new build council housing and it could lower the standard of modernisation.

9.     What steps could landlords take to reduce any negative effects?

 Local authorities could:
    - pressurise more areas.
      -   designate more properties as amenity housing.
      -   review the housing business plan.

If the local authority is lumbered with poor performing properties with high
repairs and maintenance costs there is nothing that can be done to reduce
the effect.

10.  Do you support the proposal to repeal section 69 and delegate decision-
making to landlords?

Yes  No

Tenants agree with the proposal to repeal section 69 and delegate decision-
making to landlords.

Tenants raised concerns over the differences made between the rights of a
person of pensionable age and the rights of a person of any age who is
disabled. Tenants believe the assessment carried out should be solely
based on the features carried out to the property

11.       Do you have any views on the 10-year suspension and possible future
          changes?

Tenants would like the Government to apply a permanent suspension.

12.       Are there any other right-to-buy issues which you think should be
          tackled?

Yes  No

Mixed tenure issues must be addressed.
Factoring services must be brought in – serious omission when the right to
buy started.
Enforcement for private owners and private landlords and their tenants to
maintain standards.

13.       What groups do you think would be affected – positively or negatively –
          by the proposed reforms?

If the Government introduces further changes there will be:

- a negative impact on social housing tenants allocated before 2nd March
2011 or before 30th September 2002 depending on the changes introduced.
- a positive impact for prospective tenants because the social housing stock
will be protected.
- a negative impact for tenants who have aspirations of home ownership
- a positive impact for homeless/housing/transfer applicants who are in
housing need.
14.   What could we do to avoid any negative effects?

Central Government should provide a much larger subsidy to enable local
authorities to build more social housing.

15.   Do you have any comments on the partial Equalities Impact
      Assessment?

One tenant raised a concern regarding potential discrimination against
people of a pensionable age and people with a disability based on the
information within 5.2.


16.   Do you have any views on the effect these proposals may have on your
      business?

It is likely to impact on the housing business plan. Ending the right to buy
will bring an end to capital receipts.

17.   Do you have any comments on the partial Business and Regulatory
      Impact Assessment?

No

								
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