Category Archives: Social Housing

Shared Equity and Rural Housing Burdens

August 15, 2019 | Neil |

shared equity and rural housing burdens

With shared equity schemes, including Homestake and LiFT, now becoming increasingly popular some Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and their subsidiaries who are Rural Housing Bodies, have applied a Rural Housing Burden (RHB) on their shared equity developments.  How does shared equity and rural housing burdens work? What is a Rural Housing Burden? The official definition … Read More >>

Recovering Arrears from Joint Tenants of Scottish Secure Tenancies

August 13, 2019 | Umera Rashid |

Recovering Arrears from Joint Tenants

Joint and Several Liability – what does it mean? If there are two or more joint tenants to a Scottish Secure Tenancy Agreement, they will be jointly and severally liable for all of that tenancy’s contractual obligations. What this means for the landlord is that it can hold either one or all of the tenants … Read More >>

The Price of a Data Breach

July 12, 2019 | Umera Rashid |

price of a data breach

We previously blogged about data protection breaches under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how to deal with the aftermath. Since then, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued its first fine using the GDPR, which came into force in May 2018, and accompanying Data Protection Act 2018. Under previous legislation, the maximum monetary … Read More >>

Trust Deeds and Sequestration in the Social Housing Sector

July 3, 2019 | Umera Rashid |

Trust deeds and sequestration

It is a frustrating situation for Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) when tenants become insolvent and any outstanding debt becomes irrecoverable. Below we answer some common questions around tenants signing trust deeds and sequestration. Are we obliged to write off any debt? At what stage do we do so? When a tenant enters into a trust … Read More >>

Housing Regulations for Veterans

June 28, 2019 | Claire Mullen |

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 (Modification of Schedule 1) Regulations 2019 On 1st July 2019 the above regulations will come into force. These regulations modify the provisions of the 2016 Act whereby residential tenancies granted by charities to provide housing for veterans or temporary accommodation to care leavers cannot be classed as Private … Read More >>

New Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detection Loan Scheme for RSLs

June 7, 2019 | Ainsley McKinlay |

Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detection Loan Scheme

From 1 February 2021 Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) will need to ensure that the fire and carbon monoxide detection systems in their residential properties meet the new ‘tolerable standard’. The Scottish Government has introduced a loan scheme in order to assist RSLs implement the changes that may be required. For a further explanation of the … Read More >>

Freedom of Information: New Guidance Published for RSLs and their Subsidiaries

June 4, 2019 | Eileen Barr |

guidance on freedom of information

The Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC) has recently published two sets of guidance on Freedom of Information (FOI), Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and the terms of the Order which brings RSLs under the FOI regime. The guidance relates to: How Freedom of Information will apply to RSLs and their subsidiary companies; and Which RSL subsidiaries are … Read More >>

Property Factors – Should We Register?

May 30, 2019 | Christine |

property factors register

The Property Factors Scotland Act 2011 required all property factors to register on the newly formed Register of Property Factors. Failure to register is a criminal offence punishable by a fine or even imprisonment! Given the sanctions which exist it is important to be clear who is under an obligation to register. This is still … Read More >>

What does Freedom of Information mean for RSL Procurement?

May 20, 2019 | Eileen Barr |

freedom of information and procurement

Office equipment; repair services; boilers; stationary and much more are bought by Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) as a matter of course. Sometimes it’s simple for an RSL to buy things – other times it’s more complex and subject to public procurement law. No matter what, information about what they are buying will be given to … Read More >>

Changes to the Property Factor’s Code of Conduct: Factoring in the Equation

February 27, 2019 | Jane Mill |

changes to the Property Factor’s Code of Conduct

Are you a Registered Social Landlord engaged in property factoring? Are your factoring practices robust and ready for upcoming changes to the Property Factor’s Code of Conduct? The Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011 is 6 years old and created a statutory framework providing protections for homeowners who receive services from a property factor. As part … Read More >>