Category Archives: Social Housing

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 >>

Nine months and counting until Freedom of Information comes to the RSL sector

February 12, 2019 | Eileen Barr |

Freedom of information

On 11 November 2019 all Scottish RSLs will become subject to Freedom of Information (FOI). This will give members of the public the right to request information that RSLs hold. Whilst RSLs are currently required to respond to public requests for environmental information, the draft Order published by the Scottish Government on 08 February will mean that … Read More >>

Evicting Criminal Tenants in 2019: What is Changing for RSLs?

February 4, 2019 | Umera Rashid |

evict criminal tenants

Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) are entitled to terminate a Scottish Secure Tenancy and recover the property where a tenant (or someone residing with or visiting them) has been convicted of a criminal offence. Provision for this is made in Ground 2 of Schedule 2 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001. What changes are coming into … Read More >>

There’s No Smoke Without Fire: Fire Safety Changes on the Horizon

February 1, 2019 | Umera Rashid |

Fire safety changes

The Scottish Government is due to introduce new legislation regarding fire and smoke detectors in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 (Tolerable Standard) (Extension of Criteria) Order 2019 is due to come into force on 1 February 2021 and will extend the ‘tolerable standard’ set out in section 86 … Read More >>

From LIBOR to SONIA – Technical Adjustment or Substantive Shift?

January 29, 2019 | Len |

Libor social housing

LIBOR (the London Inter-bank Offered Rate) is at the heart of private funding to the housing sector. Post-2022 however, banks will no longer be required to provide LIBOR quotations and thought needs to be given as to how that may affect Registered Social Landlords who have loans that continue beyond 2022 or indeed are taking … Read More >>

Notice of Potential Liability for Costs: Recovery of Factoring & Common Maintenance Debts

December 19, 2018 | Alison B |

Notice of Potential Liability

How can you recover factoring & common maintenance debts from owner-occupiers? A Notice of Potential Liability for Costs (NPLCs) can assist Registered Social Landlords and factors to recover money due by owner-occupiers for factoring and common maintenance debts. Notice of Potential Liability for Costs Introduced in 2004, the Notice can be used in relation to flats or houses. … Read More >>

ONS Reclassification of Registered Social Landlords as Private Bodies

October 11, 2018 | Lauren |

rsl private bodies

Background In September 2016 the Office of National Statistics (ONS) announced that it was reclassifying Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in Scotland as public non-financial bodies for the purposes of the national accounts. This was due to RSLs being subject to public sector control via the Scottish Housing Regulator’s (SHR) powers over management, constitutional change and … Read More >>

Extending Freedom of Information to the RSL Sector

June 29, 2018 | Len |

extending Freedom of information

In December 2017 Scottish Government produced their third Consultation Paper on extending Freedom of Information (FOI) to the sector with a draft Order which made both Registered Social Landlords (RSL) and RSL subsidiaries subject to FOI when carrying out “housing activities” as defined in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010.  Responses to that Consultation are set … Read More >>