New tradesman announcement 'no material change' for housing service providers

The First Minister's announcement this week that the current guidance regarding only carrying out essential works in homes would become law does not represent any material change for housing service providers, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has confirmed.

Published 15 January 2021

Tougher restrictions in place for tradesmen entering private homes

Nicola Sturgeon has tightened the rules on tradesmen and women entering private homes during lockdown but construction sites are permitted to continue with current operating procedures.

Published 14 January 2021

Scottish Government has 'backtracked' on homeless protections

Shelter Scotland has criticised the Scottish Government’s decision to "backtrack on its promise" to homeless people to end the continued use of temporary accommodation during lockdown.

Published 14 January 2021

Wheatley Group steps up its support for homeless people

Wheatley Group has helped almost 1800 homeless people put a roof over their heads throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Published 14 January 2021

FCA to consider allowing consumer credit firms to repossess goods from end of January

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has proposed changing guidance on mortgages and consumer credit repossessions so that consumer credit firms will be able to repossess goods and vehicles from 31 January 2021.

Published 14 January 2021

Social landlords urged to keep Covid procedures under review

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has called on social landlords to remain vigilant in their quest to keep their staff and tenants safe during the ever-changing landscape of coronavirus protection procedures.

Published 12 January 2021

Ministers face calls for January rent refund for students

MSPs have backed calls from student groups for a rent refund from private student accommodation providers and universities for the month of January in light of the end to face-to-face teaching and the public health crisis.

Published 11 January 2021

Aberdeen Cyrenians continues vital support during lockdown

North-East charity Aberdeen Cyrenians is urging anyone facing crisis to get in touch as the latest lockdown begins in Scotland.

Published 11 January 2021

Eviction ban extended until end of March

The Scottish Government has announced that its temporary ban on eviction orders will be extended until the end of March. 

Published 8 January 2021

Non-essential construction work may stop to 'radically reduce interactions'

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has revealed that she is considering whether additional lockdown restrictions are needed for non-essential work in Scotland to help bring the number of coronavirus cases down.

Published 8 January 2021

Updated Covid-19 guidance issued for social landlords

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has updated its guidance for social landlords amid new Covid-19 restrictions and the 'stay at home' message issued by the Scottish Government on Monday.

Published 8 January 2021

John Toms: Will converting empty offices into residential properties be the new normal?

John Toms on the implications for city centres if the transition of properties from commercial to residential becomes commonplace.

Published 12 August 2020

Regulator publishes updated coronavirus advice for RSL governing bodies

The Scottish Housing Regulator has published updated advice for RSL governing bodies during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 10 August 2020

Additional £50m funding for social care sector

The social care sector will receive up to £50 million further additional funding from the Scottish Government to help meet additional costs related to coronavirus, health secretary Jeane Freeman has announced.

Published 4 August 2020

79% of Scottish landlords plan to use pandemic as a catalyst to improve services

According to the latest data from HouseMark Scotland, 79% of landlords in Scotland plans to use the pandemic as a catalyst to improve services.

Published 31 July 2020