There are 1.862 million housing association tenants in England, of whom approximately 27,000 (i.e. 2 per cent.), who are secure tenants of non-charitable housing associations, have the right to buy. Another 998,000 tenants (i.e. 54 per cent.), who have transferred with their homes from local authorities, have a preserved right to buy.
A further 174,000 (i.e. 9 per cent.) housing association tenants may qualify for the right to acquire because their homes have been built with public funds since April 1997. Some of the tenants of the 752,000 homes which have transferred from local authorities to housing associations after 1 April 1997 may also qualify for the right to acquire scheme.