Published: 19/12/2013 11:08 - Updated: 19/12/2013 11:21

Ban on council house sales

A BAN on council house sales for certain tenants in Moray is to imposed for the next 10 years.

Councillors this week agreed to apply Pressured Area Status (PAS) across the whole of Moray.

The move will apply to all those who became council tenants after September 30, 2002.

However, people who were tenants of the council before that date will still be able to buy their home at a discounted price.

The council has identified a need for 424 affordable homes each year over the next 10 years, and in the last few years has even started to build new council houses again.

Housing strategy officer, Fiona Geddes, said: "The council is unlikely to be able to achieve this increase in supply, due to current public-sector funding constraints."

They will now write to all affected tenants, advising them of the decision, and must inform the Scottish Government.

Ms Geddes told members that if the Right to Buy trend in Moray was allowed to continue, there would be a negative impact on the number of vacancies available to housing list applicants.

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