Blogs



Kelly Fraser: Coronavirus and general meetings – what do RSLs need to know?

Kelly Fraser offers advice for Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) who may be wondering how to deal with governance issues, including the requirements to convene meetings, during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Published 9 April 2020

Martin Gavin: People with lived experience will tell us what works

The response from the homelessness sector to COVID-19 continues at pace. Assessing whether the measures introduced in the past two weeks are the right ones, and what aspects we might want to retain, must be guided by people with expertise both as practitioners and through their own lived experience, says Martin Gavin – head of external relations at Homeless Network Scotland.

Published 8 April 2020

Kelly Fraser: Coronavirus – extension of FOI deadlines for public authorities

Kelly Fraser outlines changes to the way public bodies respond to freedom of information requests as part of the emergency COVID-19 law.

Published 8 April 2020

Stephanie Zak: Landlords must ensure coronavirus crisis agreements are documented

We have all heard the phrase “no good deed goes unpunished” and it seems very appropriate in the rental market at this extremely difficult time, writes Stephanie Zak.

Published 8 April 2020

Jim Bauld: Does the new ‘eviction delay’ law protect the antisocial element?

TC Young's Jim Bauld outlines what the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act means for antisocial tenants.

Published 7 April 2020

Michael Henderson: COVID 19 - managing landlord-tenant relationships

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s Michael Henderson issues a guide for landlords on managing relationships with tenants during the current crisis.

Published 7 April 2020

Chris Dunn: Banking and finance - issues currently facing housing associations

Chris Dunn, partner at Brodies LLP, details the current issues facing Scottish housing associations in terms of banking and finance in the current COVID-19 climate.

Published 6 April 2020

Collette Miller: How can social landlords sign up new tenants during the current COVID-19 pandemic, and should they?

Harper Macleod partner Collette Miller offers some practical guidance for social landlords looking to sign up new tenants during the current pandemic.

Published 3 April 2020

Homeless Action Scotland: The Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill 2020

With emergency legislation being passed in the Scottish Parliament this week, Homeless Action Scotland’s policy manager takes a quick look at what this means for the sector and some of the challenges services might face in the future.

Published 3 April 2020

Neil Casey: COVID-19 - emergency changes to housing legislation in Scotland

Neil Casey at Shepherd and Wedderburn guides landlords through the emergency changes to housing legislation in Scotland.

Published 3 April 2020

Ailsa Thomson: Community Rights to Buy - where are we now?

Ailsa Thomson breaks down the Scottish Government's policy to empower communities and ensure people benefit more fairly from Scotland's land.

Published 2 April 2020

Martin Gavin: Emergency legislation for a fairer Scotland

In his second blog as Scottish Housing News’ temporary special correspondent on homelessness, Homeless Network Scotland’s head of external relations Martin Gavin gives his take on the Emergency Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill.

Published 1 April 2020

Callum Chomczuk: In our response to COVID-19, we must prioritise victims of domestic abuse

CIH Scotland national director Callum Chomczuk makes the case for parliament and the housing sector to do more to safeguard women and children experiencing domestic abuse during the current lockdown.

Published 1 April 2020

Prof David Robinson: What staying at home can teach us about the housing experiences of many older people

In the first of a series of outputs exploring the key issues raised by the coronavirus pandemic, Prof David Robinson considers whether the social and economic constraints imposed by the ‘lockdown’ might make us all feel a little more empathy for those older people (and other fellow citizens) for whom being confined at home alone is the norm.

Published 31 March 2020

Chris Hancock: Launching the Crisis emergency grants fund

As Crisis officially launches an emergency grants fund for local homelessness charities today, the charity’s head of best practice Chris Hancock explains more.

Published 31 March 2020