Blogs



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

Jon Sparkes: If not now, when? How Scotland can shape its response to the pandemic to help end homelessness

Crisis chief executive Jon Sparkes on how the new Social Renewal Advisory Board's recommendations fit into Scotland's efforts to tackle homelessness.

Published 25 January 2021

Self caterers and B&Bs unite to oppose short-term lets regulations

With new regulations on short-term lets set to be put before the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee next month, Scottish Land & Estates has teamed up with other organisations to state their case against the proposals.

Published 25 January 2021

Begbies Traynor: Why the housing market is protected during lockdown 3.0

As mainland Scotland entered the third coronavirus lockdown under national guidelines, the housing market braced itself for another slowdown following attempts to catch up due to the four-month shut down which commenced in March 2020. To restart the housing market, encourage vendors to increase their selling appetite and push buyers to continue interacting with estate agents, special guidance and legislative changes were unveiled.

Published 22 January 2021

Katy Syme: Meeting the challenges of fuel poverty and climate change

In this guest blog for CIH Scotland, Katy Syme talks about how Changeworks is supporting the housing sector to deliver on challenging targets and juggle competing priorities.

Published 21 January 2021

Improved fire safety for new flats and social homes – dissemination events

The Scottish Government's Building Standards Division on the latest changes to sprinkler regulations.

Published 21 January 2021

Martin Gavin: Learn to spot ‘red flags’ – help prevent homelessness

As the new year gets underway the Everyone Home Collective of organisations in Scotland concerned about homelessness has called on community groups and local decision-making structures to look out for the ‘red flags’ that might help prevent homelessness before it starts. Martin Gavin, head of external relations at Homeless Network Scotland, recaps what was achieved in 2020 and what still needs to be done to prevent homelessness.

Published 14 January 2021

Stacey Cassidy: Development of modular a key step on the road towards sustainable housing

Stacey Cassidy on modular housing in Scotland and its role in creating a more sustainable housing sector.

Published 14 January 2021

Gavin Yates: Eviction ban extended – still more action needed

In the wake of a further extension to the ban on evictions, Homeless Action Scotland CEO Gavin Yates argues that increased government support for those with a genuine reason for an inability to pay rent should be embedded in law.

Published 12 January 2021

Janette Speed: Property sector primed to help UK recover from Covid crisis

Real estate can lead the way in shaping how we want to live and work in the post-pandemic future, write Janette Speed, head of real estate and head of office in Scotland at law firm Shoosmiths.

Published 12 January 2021