3rd April 2018 by Lesley Brown
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...
31st January 2018 by philipwhyte
A new, statutory Code of Practice for letting agents, which will improve standards and empower tenants, has come into force.
21st December 2017 by Kevin Stewart MSP
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...
22nd November 2017 by Kevin Stewart MSP
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...
21st September 2017 by rhonacrawford
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...
21st September 2017 by Angela Constance MSP
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...
21st September 2017 by Kevin Stewart MSP
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...
5th September 2017 by Kevin Stewart MSP
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...
11th May 2017 by Kevin Stewart MSP
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...
17th March 2017 by Kevin Stewart MSP
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 –...