It is recommended that all social landlords consider their policy on new tenancy sign-ups during this time and make a clear and sensible decision about the circumstances in which they will grant new tenancies during the lock-down period in Scotland. It is also important that social landlords consider how they will sign up any new tenancies during this time and lay down new procedures for their housing officers to follow.
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Whilst the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 1 August 2014, it has recently been announced that some of the key tenancy management provisions in the 2014 Act will come into force next year, in 2019. This article summarises the changes being given effect in 2019 and outlines the key issues which will be of interest to registered social landlords in Scotland.
On 12 March 2018, the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 came into force. The Act was introduced with the intention of bringing greater openness and transparency around lobbying Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). Any organisations who are likely to have any face-to-face contact with MSPs, Members of the Scottish Government, junior Scottish Ministers, special advisers or the Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Government should register with the Lobbying Register.
The first decision of the Upper Tribunal for Scotland, which hears appeals from the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) has provided useful guidance on the definition of a "homeowner" under the Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011. The decision of Shields and Blackley -v- Housing and Property Chamber, applies a wide definition of homeowner to include those who no longer own the property in question.
The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 (the Act) is part of the Scottish Government's 10-year action plan for social housing and will bring about significant changes for social landlords. The wait for most of the key provisions to be brought into force is almost over. Here, we have summarised below the key changes due to come in to force this year.