Aberdeenshire Council tenants in Turriff have had their right to buy suspended for a further 10 years to November 5 2023.
The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 gave tenants the right to buy the property they are renting after 2 or 5 years of rental, depending on when the tenancy began. To protect the supply of affordable rented housing in areas where there were high housing needs and shortages of social rented housing Pressured Area Designation was introduced. In November 2008, Aberdeenshire Council was granted Pressured Area Designation for a number of settlements, including Turriff, for a period of five years ending end on November 5 2013.
At the September meeting of the Social Work and Housing Committee of Aberdeenshire Council, Ritchie Johnson, Director of Housing and Social Work presented a report to the committee recommending that the Pressure Area Designation in parts of the Shire be reviewed and extended. After reviewing report the committee agreed with the recommendation and to the extension of the Pressured Area Designation.
The extension of the designation means the right of council tenants in Turriff to buy their rented council property from the local authority continues to be suspended until November 5, 2023.
Chair of the council’s Social Work and Housing committee, Karen Clark, said
The demand for affordable rented housing in this area remains extremely high. This extension will allow us to further ease pressure on social housing stock and is a key strand of our long term strategy to alleviate housing shortages.
Vice chair Alisan Norrie added
This will allow us to continue to ensure that access to affordable rented housing is available to those with the greatest need.
As well as properties in the areas covered by Pressured Area Designation, all 4 & 5 bedroomed properties across the shire are also included in the suspension. You can see full list of all the areas which are included in the Aberdeenshire Pressured Area Designation on the council website.