Blogs



David Bookbinder: Notice periods and the evictions ban - a sense of not being trusted? 

The Scottish Government's decision to opt for a six month notice period for social sector arrears cases will not protect the people it is intended to, argues Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF) director David Bookbinder.

Published 4 March 2021

Rosie Gollan: Building and fire safety regulation post-Grenfell

Rosie Gollan, an Edinburgh-based solicitor at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, looks at the Building Safety Bill and its implications in Scotland.

Published 24 February 2021

Gordon MacRae: Do we risk diluting the rights of homeless people?

Shelter Scotland's assistant director for communication & advocacy, Gordon MacRae, said last week's report from the Homelessness Prevention Review Group will not necessarily safeguard and enhance existing homelessness rights and protections.

Published 22 February 2021

Hazel Davies: How tomorrow’s homes will incorporate green energy solutions

Growing awareness of environmental issues will encourage builders and developers to make new homes ever greener in the coming years and decades. Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, identifies four main areas by which tomorrow’s homes will reduce their environmental footprint through innovative green energy solutions.

Published 22 February 2021

Evelyn Mathershaw: Landmark homelessness prevention report published

Beginning in late 2019, the Scotland Prevention Review Group has taken forward the work of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) and the subsequent Scottish Government / COSLA Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan, to recommend new legal duties on councils and public bodies to prevent homelessness. Central to the process has been the contribution throughout of people with lived experience through the Prevention Commission. Member, Evelyn Mathershaw, explains her role in helping to shape the report published today titled, ‘PREVENTING HOMELESSNESS IN SCOTLAND’.

Published 18 February 2021

The role of PRS landlords in making a rented house a home

Steve Rolfe and Kim McKee (University of Stirling) present an overview of a new research report that they have produced, along with Tom Simcock, Julie Feather and Jenny Hoolachan, which considers what landlords can do to make their tenants feel more at home in the Private Rented Sector (PRS).

Published 18 February 2021

Michael Cameron: What does the past year mean for the future of social housing and its regulation?

Building and protecting the resilience of our people, organisations and communities is likely to become central to what we all do, writes Scottish Housing Regulator chief executive Michael Cameron.

Published 17 February 2021

Eileen Barr: New SIC decision on RSL’s handling of FOI request

Eileen Barr, a solicitor in TC Young’s Social Housing Team, outlines what can be learned from a recent decision notice by Scottish Information Commissioner on a Registered Social Landlord's (RSL's) handling of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

Published 17 February 2021

Simon Lewis: Government funding for unsafe cladding - who really foots the bill?

Womble Bond Dickinson partner Simon Lewis on the continuing discussion around building safety, and particularly the replacement of combustible cladding.

Published 17 February 2021

Steven Simpson: Could Scots start moving into retirement living at a younger age?

The forecasted growing demand for senior living accommodation considered against the current undersupply presents an obvious gap for developers, writes Juniper Residential director Steven Simpson.

Published 5 February 2021

Garry Burns: Further housing protections required for survivors in Domestic Abuse Bill

With Homeless Action Scotland invited to submit evidence at stage one of the Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill, communications and engagement manager Garry Burns outlines the charity's concerns in relation to the housing and homelessness element of the legislation.

Published 3 February 2021

Lucie Dunn: Know what’s working to prevent homelessness? We want to hear from you

Crisis, as part of the Everyone Home collective, is compiling a practical prevention compendium, bringing together in one place the best examples of what works to prevent homelessness in Scotland. Read on to find out how you can contribute…

Published 1 February 2021

Niall Hassard: Licensing of short-term lets - is it a sledgehammer to crack a nut?

Scottish Government has been under pressure for a considerable period of time to ‘do something’ about the alleged proliferation of short-term lets.

Published 29 January 2021

Will Scarlett: BTR moves to the ‘burbs

Will Scarlett from Scarlett Land and Development on the rise of Build to Rent (BTR) and its suburban expansion.

Published 29 January 2021

How the new immigration rules affect social landlords

John Perry and Sam Lister from the CIH policy team help social landlords navigate their way through the changes made to the UK's immigration rules on 1 January 2021.

Published 26 January 2021