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The Housing (Scotland) Bill received Royal Assent in August 2014. The Act will end the right to buy in Scotland, give social landlords more flexibility in the allocation and management of their housing stock and introduce a first-tier tribunal to deal with disputes in the private rented sector. It will also give local authorities new discretionary powers to tackle disrepair in the private rented sector, introduce a new regulatory framework for letting agents in Scotland, modernise site licensing for mobile homes sites with permanent residents, place new requirements on private sector landlords to fit carbon monoxide detectors in properties with carbon-emitting appliances and to carry out electrical safety checks every five years.
The Act's provisions ending the right to buy come into effect on 1 August 2016. A registered social landlord must now consult its tenants before the landlord becomes a subsidiary of another body.
We offer information for house buyers and sellers through the Home Report and help homeowners at risk of losing their homes through the Home Owners' Support Fund.
We encourage a thriving private rented sector, which provides good quality and well-managed accommodation, and in which both landlords and tenants understand their rights and responsibilities.
We pursue innovative solutions that can achieve more from government resources. The National Housing Trust initiative showcases the benefits from this approach and we are working on other innovative proposals to help increase the supply of affordable housing in Scotland and meet other policy objectives.
We've also created a Pre-Assessment Tool to help our partners evaluate new proposals brought to them by prospective funders of affordable housing or regeneration projects.
Scotland has achieved its historic 2012 homelessness commitment. Now all of those assessed as unintentionally homeless by local authorities will be entitled to settled accommodation as a legal right.
Energy Assistance Scheme
The new Energy Assistance Scheme replaces stage 4 of the old Energy Assistance Package. Eligibility criteria are different primarily for those aged 75 or over. Call our hotline on 0800 512 012 to find out more.