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Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Act 2018

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Landmark legislation to protect the stock and incentivise the building of new social housing has been given Royal Assent by Her Majesty the Queen.
Under the Right to Buy scheme, you can buy your home at a price lower than the full market value.
The Right to Acquire gives qualifying Registered Social Landlord tenants a right to purchase their homes.
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The Act will end the Right to Buy, Preserved Right to Buy and Right to Acquire for tenants of local authorities and registered social landlords.

Our social housing is a valuable resource, but it is under considerable pressure. The size of social housing stock has declined significantly since 1980 when the Right to Buy was introduced. The number of homes lost through the Right to Buy is equivalent to 45% of the social housing stock in 1981. This has resulted in longer waiting times for people in housing need, many of whom are vulnerable, to access a home they can afford. 

The Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Act received Royal Assent on 24 January 2018. To ensure tenants are aware the Right to Buy is ending, the Act requires the Welsh Government to publish information, which social landlords must provide to affected tenants, within two months of Royal Assent.

When will the Right to Buy end

To encourage the development of new housing stock and protect recent investment, the Right to Buy and Right to Acquire will end for ‘new homes’ two months after Royal Assent. A ‘new home’ is one which has not been let as social housing for the six months before 24 March 2018. For existing social housing stock, final abolition will take place on 26 January 2019.

Information on the scrutiny of the bill is available at the National Assembly for Wales (external link).

Suspended Areas

In Anglesey, Powys, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Swansea, the Right to Buy and Right to Acquire have been suspended. If you live in one of these areas you will not be able to buy your home under these schemes.

Information for tenants booklet

We have published a booklet summarising the changes made under the Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Act 2018.

It is available in several languages, large print and easy read version. An audio version (10MB) is also available.

Braille and print versions are available on request. Please email: righttobuy@gov.wales