Council leaders recently revealed that there was a mad flurry of people seeking to buy their council homes before the end of the Right to Buy scheme in Scotland.
Over three decades ago the Tory government headed by Margaret Thatcher introduced the Right to Buy scheme, which provided millions of Britons the option to own the homes they had previously been renting from their local council.
In Scotland, however, the scheme ended on August 1, so aspiring homeowners were rushing to buy their council homes before the July 31st deadline.
Councillors reported a flood of applications in Dundee during July.
A council spokesperson stated that from the beginning of June until late July, 104 Right to Buy applications were placed. During the same time period last year, there were 29 applications, indicating a sharp spike in activity.
Right to Buy has resulted in over 25,000 people buying their council houses in Dundee. Councillor John Alexander, who convened the neighbourhood services committee, said that like other local authorities, Dundee has been unable to keep up with the demand, and the number of available properties has been steadily going down.
Mr Alexander said that despite heavy investment in new social housing due to the high number of properties sold since Right to Buy commenced, the number of council homes has plummeted from over 40,000 to 13,000.