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Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Act 2018

Information for Council and Housing Association Tenants about the end of the Right to Buy & Right to Acquire in Wales

The right of council and housing association tenants to buy or acquire their home will end on 26 January 2019.

This booklet summarises the changes, which are made under the Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Act 2018.

It also sets out the steps to take if you wish to apply to buy or acquire your home before the rights are abolished.


  • The Right to Buy and Right to Acquire will end for all Council and housing association tenants on 26 January 2019.
  • This guide explains what you need to know about the end of the Right to Buy and Right to Acquire and what you should do if you are thinking about applying to buy your local authority (council) or housing association home.
  • If you live in an area in which the Right to Buy and Right to Acquire has been suspended, you will NOT be able to buy your home under these schemes, as suspensions will not be lifted before abolition comes into effect.
  • This guide does not give legal advice, which you should seek from your own legal advisor if you want to buy your home.
  • The end of the Right to Buy and Right to Acquire will not affect your tenancy in any other way.