Category Archives: Social Housing

Abandonment Proceedings

January 20, 2020 | Catherine McQuarrie |

abandonment proceedings

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (2001 Act) allows the landlord of a Scottish Secure Tenancy to recover an abandoned property without the need for court proceedings. Section 17, 18 and 19 of the 2001 Act deal with this procedure. The procedure can only be applied where the landlord has reasonable grounds for believing that: the … Read More >>

Repayment Charges for Registered Social Landlords

October 8, 2019 | Christine |

Repayment charges

When proprietors within a tenement instruct a repair by dint of a Scheme Decision made in terms of the Tenement Management Scheme (Schedule 1 to the Tenement (Scotland) Act 2004) any owner in such a tenement can, if they wish, arrange for the repair and then look to the other owners for a contribution to … Read More >>

Short Scottish Secure Tenancy for Support Needs

September 25, 2019 | Umera Rashid |

short Scottish secure tenancy

Grounds for Offering an SSST There are presently 9 grounds on which a Registered Social Landlord may offer a prospective new tenant an SSST (a short Scottish secure tenancy). One of those grounds is that the property is to be let on a temporary basis to a person who is in receipt of a housing support service. … Read More >>

Unauthorised Sub-Letting of Social Housing

August 26, 2019 | Umera Rashid |

unauthorised sub-letting

With the availability of websites such as Gumtree and Airbnb, we have seen a sharp rise in tenants engaging in unauthorised sub-letting. Where the landlord of such properties is a Registered Social Landlord (RSL), the unauthorised sub-letting of a property for excessive sums of money (sometimes whilst the rental charge due to the RSL goes … Read More >>

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 >>