Renfrewshire Council

Council housing buy back scheme

Information on the council housing buy back scheme, including what properties are eligible and how to apply.

What the Buy Back Scheme is

If you have a home to sell, you may be able to sell it to the Council.

Our Buy Back Scheme considers the purchase of former Council homes from current owners and those placed on the open market particularly where we are looking to increase our ownership in mixed tenure blocks.

This helps us to increase the amount of affordable housing in the area and meet identified housing needs.

There are many benefits to selling your home to the Council, including:

  • no estate agent fees
  • no chain to consider
  • no viewings to arrange.

What properties are eligible

Your property may can be eligible for the scheme if it meets the following conditions:

  • It will increase the supply of Council housing in the area
  • It is a size or type that meets demands in an area
  • It will help to address needs within existing housing stock
  • It is close to existing Council housing
  • It represents good value for money to the Council's Housing Revenue Account.

Your property must be vacant when a sale is completed.

Any works required to meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standard and the Council's letting standard would be carried out and the property would be let in accordance with the Council's Common Housing Allocation Policy.

We will only consider buying a property if it meets the conditions and is considered good value for money. This will take account of the purchase price and cost of any repairs or improvements required.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for the Buy Back Scheme, email us at