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Social Housing

Social housing in Scotland is housing owned and managed by public authorities (predominately councils) and housing associations (registered social landlords or RSLs). You can find out more about accessing social housing and tenants' rights by following the links on the left.

Housing (Scotland) Act 2014

The Housing (Scotland) 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.

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

Scottish Social Housing Charter

The charter sets 16 standards and outcomes that all social landlords should be achieving for their tenants and other customers.

More about the Scottish Social Housing Charter

Housing statistics

Housing statistics for Scotland, including those relating to the social rented sector

Energy Efficiency Standard

The Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing aims to improve the energy efficiency of social housing. It will help to reduce energy consumption, fuel poverty and the emission of greenhouse gases. It will make a significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions by 42 per cent by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050 in line with the requirements set out in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

Housing Revenue Account

The Scottish Government issued Disposal of assets from Housing Revenue Accounts – Guidance on Scottish Ministers’ Consent on 2 March 2016.  This guidance sets out the procedure that councils should follow when seeking consent to dispose of assets from their Housing Revenue Account (HRA) or for transfers between the General Fund and HRA. 

The Scottish Government Guidance on the Operation of Local Authority Housing Revenue Accounts (HRAs) in Scotland will be updated in due course to reflect the changes in the consent process.

For the first time since Housing Revenue Accounts (HRAs) were enacted through the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987, this guidance brings together in one place, the role of the HRA, how it must operate, who the resources contained within it are meant to benefit and what outcomes can be expected from those resources.  Much of the material in the Guidance reinforces the principles of the Scottish Social Housing Charter.