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 for Scotland, including those relating to the social rented sector