Blogs



Martin Gavin: Freedom shouldn’t mean transition into homelessness

In 2018/19, 1,822 homeless applications were recorded as having been from people leaving prison, which represents five per cent of the total. It is likely that this figure does not represent the full scale of the problem, with applicants often unwilling to reveal their background. With discussion around more widespread early release of prisoners across the UK gathering momentum due to the pandemic, Martin Gavin – Homeless Network Scotland’s head of external relations - asks, ‘Could it be the time to break the cycle?’

Published 16 April 2020

Mark Lazarowicz: Supporting NHS workers should mean more than just clapping our hands every Thursday

Waiving the immigration health surcharge is the helping hand that migrant NHS workers really require, argues Mark Lazarowicz.

Published 16 April 2020

Eric Curran: Suspending the housing market is unprecedented, but it is temporary

The sector should be assured that the housing market will return at some point, as it always does, writes Eric Curran.

Published 16 April 2020

LSA: COVID-19 and the application of the Human Rights Act

Paul Brown and Ben Christman from the Legal Services Agency (LSA) discuss the impact of the current public health emergency on human rights.

Published 16 April 2020

Shaun McPhee: COVID-19 and housing law

Legal Services Agency trainee solicitor Shaun McPhee discusses the effect of COVID-19 on housing law.

Published 15 April 2020

Rona Macleod: UK Supreme Court refuses to consider Ali v Serco and Others

Rona Macleod, a solicitor and associate at the Legal Services Agency (LSA), considers the case against Serco’s lock-change evictions post-Ali. 

Published 14 April 2020

Blog: Castlemilk housing associations come together during coronavirus

The staff and boards of the local housing associations (Ardenglen, Craigdale, Cassiltoun, North View and Thenue) are proud to be part of Castlemilk Together, and working alongside the community to support our most vulnerable people at this challenging time.

Published 14 April 2020

David Bookbinder: Why HSE's approach to landlord gas checks is so exasperating

David Bookbinder takes aim at the Health and Safety Executive’s “stubborn” and “unrealistic” approach to gas safety checks.

Published 9 April 2020

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