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Moray tenants denied right to buy

8 March 2006

Council tenants in Elgin, Lossiemouth and several smaller towns and villages will be denied the right to buy their houses following a move by Moray Council to protect its dwindling housing stocks.

The council is the fourth local authority in Scotland to apply successfully to the Scottish Executive to have part of its area recognised as "pressured" in terms of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001. This helps councils to continue to offer homes for affordable rent to people on low incomes in areas where the right to buy could otherwise lead to serious shortages.

A total of 495 tenancies will be affected. The suspension of the right to buy will last five years and applies only to tenancies that started on or after 30 September 2002.

Since last October, Eastwood in East Renfrewshire, large areas within the Highland Council region, and South Ayrshire have been granted "pressured" status.