Report Right To Buy Eligibility Reduced To Three Years in House prices and the economy Posted July 3, 2014 Brilliant move by the Scottish; A few more Losers: The social rented sector that loses more homes Future generations now denied access to social housing People in genuine need of a long term secure tenancy I cannot understand why we still allow RtB in this country, it was one of the most disastrous legacies of Thatcher. The model of council housing was an inspired socialist idea, which now seems to have turned into a capalist dream for the very people who extol it's virtues, who in turn seem happy to deny this benefit to future generations. RTB would have been OK - ish IF the proceeds had been used to build more houses. The social engineering aspect was the deliberate preventing of this. Indeed.. A sane policy would be for governments to build lots of houses in recessions, when labour would be cheap and demand for social housing high, and sell them into booms to help keep a lid on prices. A counter-cyclical policy that has the overall social benefit of keeping rents and house prices down. But we don't do sane things, obviously.