The government are considering the serious problems caused in many areas by anti-social tenants and have decided to...
The government are considering the serious problems caused in many areas by anti-social tenants and have decided to prevent them from buying their houses when they are in the process of being evicted, Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth has announced.
'Anti-social tenants can cause untold misery and distress to their neighbours. They give landlords some very complex problems to resolve. They should not have the right to buy when their landlord is trying to evict them for anti-social behaviour.
'As things now stand, tenants can exercise their statutory right to buy at any time up until they are evicted from the property, and no longer entitled to live in it.
'I believe that there are now strong grounds to change that. I plan to suspend a tenant's right to buy while eviction proceedings are taking place. This action will stop a minority of tenants who seek to take unfair advantage of the present Right to Buy legislation. I am sure that this move will be welcomed by all Scottish authorities.'