The tables below provide statistics on the sales of social housing stock – whether owned by local authorities or private registered providers. The most common of these sales are by the Right to Buy (and preserved Right to Buy) scheme and there are separate tables for sales under that scheme.
Social housing sales
Right to Buy sales
Local authority housing statistics data
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Sale of local authority dwellings
Figures on social housing sales only include the number of sales of existing social stock. These include sales under Right to Buy, Preserved Right to Buy, Right to Acquire, Social HomeBuy, Voluntary Purchase Grant, and other outright or shared equity sales of existing stock.
Sales through low cost home ownership schemes where these do not relate to existing social stock, i.e. sales of newly built homes for shared ownership or acquisitions of private sector homes for affordable home ownership, are excluded from these statistics. Stock transfers to registered providers, either from local authorities or other registered providers, and demolitions are also not included in the total social housing sales figures (with the exception of live tables 648 and 674 and chart 676 which show social sales including transfers to registered providers; data on demolitions are presented in live table 684).
The old definition of registered social landlord has been replaced with the concept of registered providers of social housing. All providers of social housing will now be listed on a register and will become a ‘registered provider’. A distinction between this system and the old system of registered social landlord is that a provider of social housing can now be either a non-profit organisation or a profit-making organisation. Each body will be designated as one or the other upon being entered on to the register. Registered social landlord automatically became non-profit registered providers under the new system.
The Right to Buy scheme was introduced by the 1980 Housing Act with effect from October 1980. Right to Buy is available to:
- secure tenants of local authorities and registered providers
- registered providers assured tenants who have been transferred with their homes as part of a stock transfer from a local authority to a registered provider - these tenants have a Preserved Right to Buy
Qualifying tenants may purchase the home they rent from their social landlord at a discount.
The Right to Acquire scheme was introduced by the Housing Act 1996 with effect from 1 April 1997. The scheme enables eligible housing association tenants living in qualifying properties to buy their rented home at a discount. Right to Acquire only applies to properties built or acquired by housing associations, both charitable and non charitable, with public funds from 1 April 1997 onwards. Properties transferred from a local authority to a housing association after 1 April 1997 are also eligible. Some properties are exempt from Right to Acquire including sheltered housing and homes located in small rural settlements.
Social HomeBuy is a voluntary scheme which was introduced in April 2006. It enables tenants of participating local authorities and housing associations to buy a share of between 25% and 100% in their rented home. Social HomeBuy helps in particular housing association tenants who do not have the Right to Buy or Right to Acquire, and social tenants who cannot afford outright purchase. Tenants receive a discount on the initial share purchased and on any additional shares they buy. This is equivalent to the Right to Acquire discount (between £9,000 and £16,000 - depending upon the local authority area in which the property is located), pro-rata to the share purchased.
Voluntary Purchase Grant was a voluntary scheme which enabled tenants of participating housing associations to buy their rented home outright at a discount. The scheme helped tenants who did not have the Right to Buy or Right to Acquire. Voluntary Purchase Grant was replaced by Social HomeBuy in April 2006.