The impact of the 1999 changes to the right to buy discount may 2003 alex marsh patricia kennett and ray forrest school for policy studies university of bristol. The impact of the 1999 changes to the right to buy discount 1999 changes to the right to buy discount regime which replaced the national 50000 maximum discount with regional discount ceilings varying from 22000 to 38000 second it. A right to buy landlord may refuse to sell accommodation that is especially suitable for older people although this is subject to a time limited right of appeal if a property purchased under right to buy is resold within three years some of the discount must be repaid to the former owner. Granted the right to buy had benefitted a large number of individual households but it has also had an uneven impact spatially and socially has added to residualisation in social renting and has had an adverse strategic impact on housing. The right to buy rtb was introduced in england and wales in the 1980 housing act and made a substantial impact on accelerating the increase in home ownership in the 1980s and 1990s accounting for about a third of the growth in home ownership in this period
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