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The Last Days of Right to Buy!

13 June 2016

The Right to Buy (RTB) is abolished on 1 August 2016 – the last days:

Last Minute Applications

The last working day before abolition is Friday 29 July, leaving a weekend, potentially, for the submission of RTB applications. An earlier eUpdate (click here) commented on this subject.

Karen Brodie
Karen Brodie, Partner

Marion Davis
Marion Davis, Associate

Sharon Dock
Sharon Dock, RTB Manager

The Last Weekend – Have any applications arrived?

The law says that a properly addressed, pre-paid and posted application will be served “at the time at which [it] would be delivered in the ordinary course of post”.

When your RSL offices open on 1 August, will any post have arrived in “the ordinary course of post” yet? IF NOT, anything already delivered by post and in the office on arrival of staff (already behind the door) can be assumed to have arrived and been served before 1 August.

An RSL may wish to take the same approach with hand deliveries. An application already in the office when staff arrive on 1 August may be assumed to have arrived prior to 1 August, as staff will be unlikely to be in a position to prove otherwise and a consistent approach seems best.

On and after 1 August?

Tenants who attempt to make RTB applications on or after 1 August should be advised that RTB has been abolished. That advice could be in the form of a printed statement, or a standard letter, which should be drafted now and be ready for use at RSL offices from 1 August. The RSL’s website should also be updated to ensure that it also highlights the end of RTB.


Karen Brodie Partner E: T. 0141 221 8012

Marion Davis Associate E: T. 0141 221 8012

Sharon Dock RTB Manager E: T. 0141 221 8012


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