IN BRIEF: Right-to-buy house sales restricted

Right-to-buy sales of council homes in regeneration areas could be restricted under measures to be introduced in the housing bill by deputy prime minister John Prescott. The move is intended to stop tenants buying homes likely to be demolished, to cash in on compensation. In a letter to the prime minister, leaked to the national press, Prescott has suggested that landlords be allowed to deny the right to buy where homes are likely to be demolished.

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