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  1. Islands Bond Consultation: our response

    Scottish Government Response paper following analysis of Islands Bond Consultation.

  2. Island Bonds: consultation responses analysis

    External analysis of Islands Bond Online Consultation responses, carried out by Griesbach and Associates.

  3. The Strategy for Our Veterans - taking the strategy forward in Scotland: refreshed action plan

    Refreshed action plan detailing how we intend to continue to take forward the Strategy for Our Veterans in Scotland.

  4. Scottish Housing Market Review Q2 2022

    Scottish housing market bulletins collating a range of statistics on house prices, housing market activity, cost and availability of finance and repossessions.

  5. Tackling child poverty delivery plan: fourth year progress report 2021 to 2022

    The fourth annual progress report for 'Every child, every chance: tackling child poverty delivery plan 2018-2022'.

  6. Tackling child poverty - fourth year progress report 2021 to 2022: annex A - measurement framework

    Measurement framework with the latest data on the drivers of child poverty. The 23 indicators in the child poverty measurement framework are intended to monitor these drivers of poverty. They form part of a wider monitoring and evaluation strategy.

  7. Housing Statistics For Scotland Quarterly Update (Published 14th June 2022)

    A summary of activity in new build housing, affordable housing and long term empty properties and second homes in Scotland.

  8. Heat in Buildings strategy - quality assurance: policy statement

    Quality assurance is critical to our heat decarbonisation aims. This policy statement focuses on the standards, skills and certifications required for installers on SG schemes, proposed ways to tackle scams and mis-selling and how to improve public engagement.

  9. Housing Statistics 2020 & 2021: Key Trends Summary

    Annual statistics up to 31 March 2021 on total new housing supply in Scotland across all sectors, along with information on various elements of local authority housing such as stock, lettings, house sales, evictions, housing lists, and housing for older people and people with disabilities.

  10. Civil justice statistics in Scotland 2020-21

    Statistics on civil law cases in the Scottish courts together with other related information, such as statistics from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey.

  11. Scottish Housing Market Review: Q1 2022

    Summary of the latest Scottish housing market data.

  12. Private residential tenancy: information for landlords

    Guidance for private sector landlords on the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016.

  13. Private residential tenancy: information for tenants

    Guidance for private sector tenants on the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016.

  14. Private residential tenancy statutory terms: supporting notes (December 2017)

    Notes to be used where the written terms of the tenancy are in an agreement drafted by the landlord. These notes supersede previous versions of this guidance.

  15. Private residential tenancy model agreement: easy read notes

    Information about the statutory and discretionary clauses in the model private residential tenancy agreement.

  16. Private residential tenancy: prescribed notices and forms

    Forms and guidance including notices to leave and rent increases in relation to the private residential tenancy.

  17. Community equipment and housing adaptations: draft guidance

    New draft guidance providing guidance to health boards, local authorities and their partners on the provision of equipment and home adaptations to aid daily living.

  18. Community equipment and housing adaptations: draft guidance - executive summary

    Executive summary of new guidance relating to the provision of community equipment and housing adaptations to aid daily living for health boards, local authorities and their partners.

  19. Pre-pandemic wealth inequality remained high

    Official Statistics published

  20. Scottish Household Survey – 2020 telephone survey

    Experimental Statistics: Data being developed.

  21. Short-term lets legislation approved

    Local authorities to set up licensing schemes.

  22. Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) pilot programme: synthesis evaluation

    This report presents findings from a synthesis evaluation of Scotland’s Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES) pilot programme, which involved pilot projects delivered by all 32 Scottish local authorities.

  23. Scottish Housing Market Review – Q4 2021

    Scottish housing market bulletins collating a range of statistics on house prices, housing market activity, cost and availability of finance and repossessions.

  24. A new deal for tenants

    Views sought on plans to deliver fairer rented sector.

  25. A New Deal for Tenants - draft strategy: consultation

    We are consulting on the draft A New Deal for Tenants - rented sector strategy, which seeks to improve accessibility, affordability choices and standards across the whole rented sector in Scotland.  

  26. Prevention of homelessness duties: consultation

    Joint Scottish Government and COSLA consultation on the proposals for new prevention of homelessness duties. This consultation creates an opportunity for individuals and organisations to have their say on changes to the homelessness system in Scotland.

  27. Licensing short-term lets

    Legislation laid before Scottish Parliament.

  28. Heat in buildings strategy: equality impact assessment

    Summary document setting out the results of the full Equality impact assessment (EQIA) which has been carried out for the Heat in Buildings strategy.

  29. Fire safety guidance - existing high rise domestic buildings and specialised housing and similar premises: research - SG response

    The Scottish Government response to the recommendations of the independent evaluation of the practical fire safety guidance for existing high rise domestic buildings and the practical fire safety guidance for existing specialised housing.

  30. Fire safety guidance - existing high rise domestic buildings and specialised housing and similar premises: impact and effectiveness

    Independent evaluation of the practical fire safety guidance for existing high rise domestic buildings and the practical fire safety guidance for existing specialised housing to determine whether the guidance is used by those it is intended for, is helpful, and what may be needed to strengthen it.

  31. Private sector rent statistics: 2010 - 2021

    This publication presents statistics on average private sector rent levels in Scotland by Broad Rental Market Area and size of property, for the years 2010 to 2021.

  32. Heat networks delivery plan - draft: consultation

    This draft heat network delivery plan sets out how the provisions of the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021, and related policies, will contribute to increased heat networks across Scotland. It also outlines the proposed regulatory regime for the heat networks sector in Scotland.

  33. Heat in buildings strategy: business and regulatory impact assessment

    This business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) accompanies our Heat in Buildings Strategy.

  34. Heat in buildings strategy: fairer Scotland duty

    Summary document of the Fairer Scotland Duty assessment process which has been carried out for the Heat in Buildings Strategy.

  35. Heat in buildings strategy: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment (ICIA) for the Heat in Buildings Strategy.

  36. Heat in buildings strategy: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Summary document setting out the results of the full child rights and wellbeing impact assessment which has been carried out for the Heat in Buildings Strategy.

  37. Scottish Housing Market Review: Q3 2021

    Summary of the latest Scottish housing market data.

  38. Grants for tenants in rent arrears

    £10m to help people worst affected by pandemic to avoid eviction.

  39. Regulation of letting agents - monitoring compliance and enforcement framework: updated 2021

    Sets out the Scottish Ministers’ framework for monitoring the compliance and enforcement of letting agent regulation in Scotland.

  40. Protecting tenants during pandemic

    Landlords reaffirm commitment to avoiding evictions.

  41. Launch of consultation on licensing order for short term lets

    Balancing neighbourhood needs with tourism interests.

  42. Short term lets - licensing scheme part 2: supplementary guidance for licensing authorities, letting agencies and platforms

    This draft licensing guidance Part 2 is intended for Scottish licensing authorities, letting agencies and platforms facilitating short-term lets in Scotland.

  43. Planning circular 01/2021: short-term let control areas

    Planning circular 1/2021 providing guidance on establishing a short-term let control area.

  44. Short term lets - licensing scheme part 1: guidance for hosts and operators

    Draft licensing guidance intended for hosts and operators of short-term lets inScotland. There is also supplementary guidance for licensing authorities to which you can refer for more detailed information.

  45. Short term lets - draft licensing order and business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA): consultation

    This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government's short-term lets draft Licensing Order and Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA). The Scottish Government intends to lay the Licensing Order at the Scottish Parliament in September 2021.

  46. Short term lets: planning guidance for hosts and operators

    This draft planning guidance is intended for hosts and operators of short-term lets. A separate planning circular has been prepared for planning authorities.

  47. A new standard for housing

    Ensuring equal quality of homes.

  48. Action on rented homes

    Rented Sector strategy to be part of major new housing publication.

  49. Rental sector loan schemes extended

    Tenants and landlords can apply for support beyond 31 March.

  50. Draft guidance brought forward on short-term lets

    Legislation for licensing scheme withdrawn from Scottish Parliament.  

  51. Carbon monoxide alarms in private rented properties: guidance

    Guidance for private sector landlords in Scotland.

  52. Short-term lets – licensing scheme and planning control areas: business and regulatory impact assessment

    Business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) relating to the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) Order 2021 (“the Licensing Order”) and the Town And Country Planning (Short-Term Let Control Areas) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 (“the Control Area Regulations”).

  53. Short-term lets – licensing scheme and planning control areas: consultation analysis

    Report on the Scottish Government’s short term lets: consultation on a licensing scheme and planning control areas in Scotland which ran from 14 September to 16 October 2020.

  54. Increased support for tenants

    New scheme to help those impacted by pandemic.

  55. Christmas eviction ban introduced

    Six week temporary halt to protect tenants

  56. Scottish house condition survey: 2019 key findings

    Figures from the 2019 survey, including updated fuel poverty rates, energy efficiency ratings, the condition of housing and the Scottish Housing Quality Standard.

  57. Private Sector Rent Statistics published

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  58. Private sector rent statistics: 2010 - 2020

    This publication presents statistics on average private sector rent levels in Scotland by Broad Rental Market Area and size of property, for the years 2010 to 2020.

  59. Regulation of short-term lets

    Consultation on licensing plans.

  60. Action needed to help renters

    UK government urged to strengthen social security system.

  61. Aid for private rental landlords

    Support to protect tenants.

  62. Private residential tenancy: model agreement

    Model tenancy form for use from December 2017. You can create a tenancy using an online form at www.mygov.scot/tenancy-agreement-scotland

  63. MSPs support Emergency Coronavirus Bill

    New legislation will protect people, public services and the economy.

  64. Parliament asked to back emergency Coronavirus Bill

    New powers outlined for justice, public services and the economy

  65. Tenants to be given extra protection

    Emergency Scottish legislation in response to coronavirus.

  66. Helping homeowners maintain tenements

    Advice and support to resolve disputes over shared upkeep.

  67. Short-term lets - impact on communities: research

    Research to assess the impact, positive and negative, of short-term lets (STLs) in Scotland, with a focus on communities, particularly on neighbourhoods and housing.

  68. Short-term lets consultation: response analysis

    Independent analysis of the responses submitted to the short-term lets consultation on a regulatory framework for Scotland.

  69. Private landlord registration: prescribed information and fees regulations - EQIA

    This equality impact assessment (EQIA) covers The Private Landlord Registration (Information) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 and The Private Landlord Registration (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2019.

  70. Private landlord registration: prescribed information and fees regulations - CRWIA

    This child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) covers The Private Landlord Registration (Information) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 and The Private Landlord Registration (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2019.

  71. Private landlord registration: prescribed information and fees regulations - BRIA

    This business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) covers The Private Landlord Registration (Information) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 and The Private Landlord Registration (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2019.

  72. More homes for rent

    Rental market to benefit from £30 million investment.

  73. Houses in multiple occupation (HMO): consultation on adding new categories to the definition of an HMO

    We are seeking your views on adding new categories to the definition of an HMO in relation to accommodation that contract and transient workers stay in when working away from home.

  74. Social housing allocations in Scotland: practice guide

    Guidance on allocating homes in the social rented sector.

  75. Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH): guidance for social landlords (revised February 2019)

    Revised guidance for social landlords on the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH), February 2019.

  76. Fire detection in private rented properties: guidance

    Guidance for private sector landlords on regulations relating to installation of fire detection and warning systems.

  77. Scottish secure tenancy: model agreement 2019

    This revised model agreement replaces the 2002 model agreement for Scottish secure tenancies created on or after 1 May 2019.

  78. Short Scottish secure tenancy (antisocial behaviour related grounds): model agreement 2019

    Revised model agreement for short Scottish secure tenancies created on antisocial behaviour related grounds on or after 1 May 2019.

  79. Short Scottish secure tenancy (grounds unrelated to antisocial behaviour): model agreement 2019

    Revised model agreement for short Scottish secure tenancies created on grounds unrelated to antisocial behaviour on or after 1 May 2019.

  80. Private sector rent statistics: 2010 - 2018

    This publication presents statistics on private sector rent levels in Scotland over the years 2010 to 2018.

  81. Landlord registration - review of applications and fees: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to our public consultation on changes to fee structure and required prescribed information for landlord registration.

  82. Regulation of letting agents: monitoring compliance and enforcement framework 2018

    This content has been superseded by the 2021 version at https://www.gov.scot/publications/regulation-letting-agents-monitoring-compliance-enforcement-framework-updated-2021/ .

  83. Landlord registration: consultation on a review of applications and fees

    The consultation invites views on proposals to ask landlords for additional information to demonstrate that they meet their legal responsibilities.

  84. Tenants and landlords benefit from new regulations

    Letting agent code of practice goes live.

  85. Short Assured Tenancy Notice: form AT5

    Notice under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1998 to inform a prospective tenant that they have a short assured tenancy.

  86. New Private Residential Tenancy

    Greater security for tenants and safeguards for landlords.

  87. Rent Pressure Zone: application template

    Template to be used by local authorities who want to apply to Ministers for a Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ).

  88. Rent Pressure Zone: application requirements

    Requirements that a local authority must meet for a Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) application to be valid.

  89. Average 2 bedroom private rents up by 4.4%

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  90. Private sector rent statistics: 2010 - 2017

    This publication presents statistics on private sector rent levels in Scotland over the years 2010 to 2017.

  91. Council tax dwellings and tax base figures for 2017

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

  92. Revised code of conduct for registered property factors: consultation

    Consultation paper and supporting documents on the proposals to revise the code of conduct for registered property factors.

  93. Universal Credit roll-out

    Choices for Scottish claimants begin.

  94. Universal Credit: information for new applicants

    **Not to be used**. These notes were replaced by 'Universal credit for people living in Scotland: further information' on 1 February 2018.

  95. Delivery of Universal Credit: information for advisers

    **Not to be used**. These notes were replaced by 'Universal credit for people living in Scotland: further information' on 31 January 2018.

  96. Fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes consultation: interim equality impact assessment

    Assessment published in connection with consultation on new standards for fire and smoke alarms in Scottish housing across all tenures.

  97. Scottish household survey 2016: key findings

    Short report summarising the key findings from the Scottish household survey 2016: annual report.

  98. Scottish household survey 2016: annual report

    Results from the 2016 edition of the continuous survey based on a sample of the general population in private residences in Scotland.

  99. Fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes consultation: partial business and regulatory impact assessment

    Partial impact assessment published in connection with consultation on new standards for fire and smoke alarms in Scottish housing.

  100. Fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes: consultation

    Consultation seeking views on possible changes to standards required for fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes.

  101. Home safety paramount

    Consultation on protecting homes against fire and smoke.

  102. Landlord registration enforcement

    New guidance for local authorities.

  103. Landlord registration enforcement

    New guidance for local authorities.

  104. Landlord registration guidance for local authorities: business impact assessment

    Assessment of how the new statutory guidance regarding landlord registration will affect Scottish Government's aims for business regulation.

  105. Landlord registration guidance for local authorities: equality impact assessment

    Assessment of how the new statutory guidance regarding landlord registration will affect Scottish Government's aims for equality.

  106. Landlord registration: statutory guidance for local authorities 2017

    Statutory guidance for local authorities regarding the effective regulation of landlord registration.

  107. Tenants and landlords to benefit from new regulations

    Letting agents have six months to meet requirements of statutory code.

  108. Licensing system for mobile home sites with permanent residents: guidance for local authorities

    Guidance for local authority officers in Scotland who are involved with permanent mobile home site licensing.

  109. Private rented housing condition standards: consultation assessment (part two)

    Partial business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) of our consultation on efficiency and condition standards.

  110. Private rented housing energy efficiency: consultation assessment (part one)

    Partial business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) of our consultation on efficiency and condition standards.

  111. Private rented housing energy efficiency and condition standards: consultation

    Consultation on proposals to improve the energy efficiency and amend the repairing standard in the private rented sector.

  112. Proposals for regulations and policy supporting the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016: analysis of consultation responses, 1 March 2017

    Analysis of responses to consultation seeking views on regulations and policy supporting the new private residential tenancy.

  113. Tenant participation newsletter 2017

    A newsletter which gives an outline of Scottish Government priorities for tenants, residents and landlords throughout Scotland.

  114. Enhanced Enforcement Areas Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2015 local authority guidance

    Guidance for local authorities on the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 (SSI 2015/252) Enhanced Enforcement Areas Schemes Regulations 2015.

  115. Improving access to information

    New landlord registration system goes live.

  116. Scottish Flexibilities for Universal Credit

    New powers to be used to meet needs of people of Scotland

  117. Mobile home site licensing reform: final business and regulatory impact assessment

    The final business regulatory impact assessment relating to the reform of the mobile home site licensing system.

  118. Reform of residential mobile home site licence system - Equality Impact Assessment

    This Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) ensures that the policy has taken account of impacts on equalities.

  119. Tenant Information Pack (revised December 2016)

    This pack applies to tenancies created before 1 December 2017. From then on, new Private Residential Tenancies will not require a Tenant Information Pack.

  120. Electrical installations and appliances in private rented properties: guidance

    Guidance for private sector landlords in Scotland.

  121. Private sector rent statistics: 2010 - 2016

    Statistics on private sector rent levels in Scotland over the years 2010 to 2016.

  122. Average 2 bedroom private rents up by 1%

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  123. Analysis of responses to consultation on mobile home sites regulations

    Responses received to the proposals for regulations supporting the new licensing system for mobile home sites with permanent residents.

  124. Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016: consultation on regulations

    Consultation seeking views on secondary legislation and further policy to support the new private residential tenancy.

  125. Life for people in Scotland in 2015

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  126. Homelessness in Scotland decreases

    Homeless applications also reduced.

  127. Homelessness and Housing Options statistics published

    A National and Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  128. Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011: fit and proper person factsheet

    Overview of how the property factor registration fit and proper person test is applied.

  129. Local Housing Allowance rates

    Local Housing Allowance rates from April 2016 - March 2017.

  130. Private Sector Rent Statistics: 2010 - 2015

    This publication presents statistics on private sector rent levels in Scotland over the years 2010 to 2015 (years to end-September) using data from the Rent Service Scotland market evidence database. It presents information on rent levels for different property sizes across each of the 18 broad rental market areas in Scotland. It contains information on average rents as well as rents at the higher and lower end of the market.

  131. The Repairing Standard

    Private landlords' obligations to make sure properties meet a minimum physical standard.

  132. Joint Housing Delivery Plan for Scotland

    Plan identifying priority actions agreed upon by housing sector representatives to ensure we are able to deliver the objectives set out in our housing strategies.

  133. A place to stay, a place to call home: a strategy for the private rented sector in Scotland

    Our vision and strategic aims for the private rented sector.

  134. Tenant information pack: private landlords and letting agents

    Information for landlords and letting agents about tenant information packs.

  135. Licensing multiple occupied housing: statutory guidance for Scottish local authorities

    Overview of the system for regulating houses in multiple occupation.

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