Scottish Housing Bill covers both the private and social residential rental sectors

Scottish Housing Bill covers both the private and social residential rental sectors


Housing (Scotland) Bill introduced to the Scottish Parliament in 2013 will end the right to buy in Scotland . The Scottish Government claims that this will prevent the sale of up to 15,500 social houses over the next 10 years.

The Scottish Government believes that as a result of this, pressure on social housing will be alleviated. Currently there are 185,000 people on waiting lists for council and housing association houses, and it is argued that the country can no longer afford to see badly needed homes lost from the social sector.

The Bill will also increase flexibility for social landlords in the allocation and management of housing. This will allow landlords to make better use of their stock, give them more tools to tackle anti-social behaviour and provide further protection for tenants on Short Scottish Secure Tenancies.

Other measures in the Bill will:

  • Introduce a regulatory framework for Letting Agents;
  • Enhance local authority powers to improve the quality of houses in the private sector;
  • Make changes to mobile homes site licensing, to improve the rights of the 3,300 households living permanently in mobile or park homes;
  • Establish a private rented sector tribunal which will provide tenants and landlords with access to specialist justice to resolve disputes more effectively.

The Bill is presently being scrutinised by Parliament and the plans is that it will be passed in the summer of 2014.

The Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee is leading on the scrutiny of the Bill. The Committee issued its call for evidence in December 2013 , inviting individuals and tenants' groups to submit their views on the provisions in the Bill.


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