Blogs



Blog: Home Reports have worked well for 10 years, but surveyors must always be open to opportunities for improvement

Marking a decade since the introduction of Home Reports, Eric Curran highlights issues such as length, categories, valuation price and the importance of being on a lender panel.

Published 13 December 2018

Blog: Short term lets: The impact on Scotland’s housing system

The concentration of Airbnb lets in Edinburgh is higher than that of New York, Berlin, Barcelona and even London. Izzy Gaughan asks what this means for Scotland's housing crisis?

Published 12 December 2018

Blog: Get real, Mr Littlejohn MBE

Bruce Forbes on how charitable fundraising alone cannot solve homelessness and that stating otherwise can understate the severity of the problem.

Published 11 December 2018

Blog: Older people's housing in Scotland

CIH Scotland's national director Callum Chomczuk takes a look at the issue of older people's housing in Scotland and the need for more accessible housing.

Published 6 December 2018

Blog: How we are influencing the Scottish Planning Bill

Craig McLaren outlines how RTPI Scotland is influencing the Planning (Scotland) Bill.

Published 5 December 2018

Blog: Private Residential Tenancies – one year on, how has the new law changed renting in Scotland?

One year after private renters were given new rights, James Mullaney looks at what has improved and what still needs to be done.

Published 4 December 2018

Blog: Ending homelessness together in the Scottish Parliament

As the publication of the Scottish Government’s new Action Plan for Ending Homelessness Together was debated in the Scottish Parliament last week and received cross-party backing, Jon Sparkes, Crisis chief executive and chair of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG), blogs about the significant progress that’s been made in the last 15 months.

Published 3 December 2018

Blog: Co-producing research priorities: Scotland results

Dr Gareth James summarises the Scottish results from a UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) study into co-producing research priorities from across the UK and draws out some of the issues specific to Scotland.

Published 3 December 2018

Blog: ‘The homeless do not seem to drink in here’

In a week which saw the Scottish Government publish its action plan for tackling homelessness, Bruce Forbes gives his take on the policy developments and the upcoming ‘Sleep in the Park’ events.

Published 29 November 2018

Blog: Scotland’s temporary accommodation system is not fit for purpose

Following the release of a new I-SPHERE report examining temporary accommodation provision in Scotland, Beth Watts picks out some of the key themes from the research.

Published 27 November 2018

Blog: GDPR six months on: An initial appraisal

Six months on from the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Daradjeet Jagpal carries out an initial appraisal of four key aspects and provides his thoughts on what lies ahead.

Published 26 November 2018

Blog: Welcome to the new era of renting

While the build to rent market in Scotland is still behind the rest of the UK, demand is growing and developments in the sector can cater for everyone, including families, writes Matt Willcock.

Published 21 November 2018

Blog: Board members sought by Scottish Housing Regulator

With just a few days left to apply to be part of the Scottish Housing Regulator Board, housing minister Kevin Stewart talks about why this is an important opportunity.

Published 21 November 2018

Blog: Why is building a home so complex, why does it take so long and why are so many people involved?

To mark HouseMark Scotland’s launch of a new Housing Development Club which aims to provide advice, practical support and networking opportunities, club manager Susan Napier explores the history behind housing development.

Published 16 November 2018

Blog: Homelessness: a progress update

The Scottish Government’s Housing and Social Justice Homelessness Team provides an update on the progress it’s making with partners to prevent, tackle and end homelessness.

Published 9 November 2018