Fairer Scotland

  • Fire and smoke alarm regulations

    3rd April 2018 by

    I recently announced that the Scottish Government would be strengthening the current standards we have in place for fire and smoke alarms to ensure all homes have the highest level of protection by the end of 2020. Fire alarms are proven to save lives and are one of the most important investments you can make...

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  • Tenants and landlords benefit from new regulations

    31st January 2018 by

    A new, statutory Code of Practice for letting agents, which will improve standards and empower tenants, has come into force. 

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  • Registered property factors- consultation on a draft revised Code of Conduct

    21st December 2017 by

    Property factors play an important role in housing in Scotland. They help many homeowners ensure that the shared spaces connected to their property- roofs, communal stairways, shared gardens and so on are properly maintained. The Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011 established a framework to better protect homeowners who use factoring services. The 2011 Act created...

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  • We’re changing private renting for the better

    22nd November 2017 by

    Housing Minister Kevin Stewart

    From 1 December a new private residential tenancy will be introduced, giving greater security to tenants and safeguards for landlords. This new type of tenancy will have no end date and can only be ended either by a tenant giving written notice to their landlord or by the landlord using one of 18 grounds for...

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  • Scottish Housing Day supports housing across all tenures

    21st September 2017 by

    Home means different things to different people and that’s something that Scottish Housing Day rightly celebrates. But it should mean one thing to all of us- the security that we have somewhere we can afford to call home. Too many people, stung by the UK Government’s damaging welfare reforms, have lacked this security and over...

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  • Scottish Housing Day celebrates everything the housing sector is doing to improve people’s lives

    21st September 2017 by

    Having a place to call home is crucial to a happy and healthy life and everyone in Scotland should have a safe and warm place to call home. All of us will have a housing story, and I know some of you have shared your own. Housing also has a wider value beyond a place...

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  • Housing has the power to change lives

    21st September 2017 by

    As Housing Minister I have seen first-hand the difference the right home in the right place can make to an individual, a couple or a family. Last month I opened a new housing association development and one of the families I spoke to, whose child has autism, told me their new home and its garden...

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  • Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill introduced to Parliament

    5th September 2017 by

    Legislation will support the delivery of 50,000 new affordable homes I’m delighted that legislation to support the delivery of 50,000 new affordable homes and protect the Scottish Government’s budget has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament. The Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill responds to last year’s decision by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that Registered...

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  • Polnoon – a model for housing development

    11th May 2017 by

    I appreciate that a blog about a new housing development might not initially seem the most exciting of topics, but after my visit last week to the Polnoon housing development in East Renfrewshire, I hope as you read on you’ll be as enthused as I am about it! As we all know, good-quality, well-planned housing...

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  • Building change for Scotland – reflections on a big week for housing

    17th March 2017 by

    This week has been full of important announcements and milestones for affordable housing in Scotland. At the start of the week the Cabinet Secretary announced that over £590 million will be made available for 2017/18 to increase the supply of affordable homes in Scotland. I was so pleased to see this announcement being made –...

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