Right to Buy generates over £3bn for London’s local authorities in the last decade
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Right to Buy generates over £3bn for London’s local authorities in the last decade

By |Published On: 24th August 2022|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

Over 23,000 homes have been sold under the Right to Buy scheme to London council tenants over the last decade, research from lettings and estate agent Benham and Reeves shows.

It says this this equates to 5.6% of total local authority owned dwellings stock and equates to a total market value of £3.4bn. 

The analysis of historic Right to Buy data by Benham and Reeves shows that, since 2012-13, 23,061 council homes have been sold to tenants by their respective local councils.

Highest total Right to Buy sales

The highest number of council owned homes have been sold in Barking and Dagenham, where Right to Buy sales total 1,883 over the last decade. 

Greenwich has also seen a similar number sold at 1,867, followed by Newham (1,716), Southwark (1,702) and Tower Hamlets (1,187).

Highest proportion of total council homes sold

Across the capital as a whole, the total number of Right to Buy sales accounts for 5.6% of all local authority owned homes. 

In the City of London, just 62 homes have sold via Right to Buy, which accounts for 14.4% of all council homes located there.

Right to Buy in Newham has seen 10.2% of council owned homes sold. In Barking and Dagenham, the figure is at 9.8% and in Tower Hamlets it’s 9.5%.

Redbridge also makes the top five, with 9.4% of total council homes in the borough being sold via Right to Buy in the last decade. 

Highest Right to Buy sold value

The market value of homes sold via Right to Buy across the London market has hit a £3.415bn in the last 10 years, Benham and Reeves reports.

When it comes to the highest sold value, it’s the London Borough of Southwark that sits top. Right to Buy sales have generated £3254.5 million since 2012, with Greenwich (£223.5 million), Barking and Dagenham (£222.3 million) and Newham (£201.7 million) again making the top five. 

Islington also ranks as one of the boroughs to see the highest sold value of Right to Buy homes to council tenants, generating £198 million since 2012. 

Marc von Grundherr, Director of Benham and Reeves, comments: “Right to Buy may have been an incredibly successful initiative when it comes to giving council tenants the ability to climb the ladder and many have seized the opportunity to do so in the last ten years. 

“Of course, in doing so these local authorities have essentially shot themselves in the foot, as it severely reduces the social housing stock available to them to satisfy the huge demand from those who are still in desperate need of it. The irony is, that it then costs these councils more, as they need to rely on renting from the private sector at a higher price to house those in need. 

“As a result, we’ve now seen some councils start to reverse this trend and reclaim formerly council owned homes from their owners. Which does beg the question that, having made some quite sizeable sums from selling in the first place, why London’s local authorities haven’t invested appropriately in the provision of new homes for council tenants?”

About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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