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Right to buy restricted for Aberdeenshire tenants
Aberdeenshire has become the latest local authority area to have its council tenants' right to buy restricted due to housing shortages.
Pressured area status has been granted to 88 letting areas covering 56% of the social housing stock. Tenants under 5,763 tenancies granted since 30 September 2002 will have the right to buy their council or housing association house suspended for five years.
Aberdeenshire is the 10th local authority to have successfully applied to use the pressured area mechanism. Communities Minister Stewart Maxwell is encouraging other councils to consider whether it could be used as a suitable tool for them.