Publication - Consultation paper

Improving temporary accommodation standards: consultation

Published: 22 May 2019
Housing and Social Justice Directorate
Part of:

Views sought on extending the seven day restriction to all people experiencing homelessness and introduction of a new standards framework.

Improving temporary accommodation standards: consultation
Annex B: Section 24 of Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

Annex B: Section 24 of Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

24 Homeless persons and persons threatened with homelessness.

(1) A person is homeless if he has no accommodation in the United Kingdom or elsewhere.

(2) A person is to be treated as having no accommodation if there is no accommodation which he, together with any other person who normally resides with him as a member of his family or in circumstances in which the local authority consider it reasonable for that person to reside with him —

(a) is entitled to occupy by virtue of an interest in it or by virtue of an order of a court, or

(b) has a right or permission, or an implied right or permission to occupy, or in England and Wales has an express or implied licence to occupy, or

(c) occupies as a residence by virtue of any enactment or rule of law giving him the right to remain in occupation or restricting the right of any other person to recover possession.

(2A) A person shall not be treated as having accommodation unless it is accommodation which it would be reasonable for him to continue to occupy.

(2B) Regard may be had, in determining whether it would be reasonable for a person to continue to occupy accommodation, to the general circumstances prevailing in relation to housing in the area of the local authority to whom he has applied for accommodation or for assistance in obtaining accommodation.

(3) A person is also homeless if he has accommodation but—

(a) he cannot secure entry to it, or

(b) it is probable that occupation of it will lead to abuse (within the meaning of the Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Act 2001 (asp 14), or

(bb) it is probable that occupation of it will lead to abuse (within the meaning of that Act); from some other person who previously resided with that person, whether in that accommodation or elsewhere; or

(c) it consists of a movable structure, vehicle or vessel designed or adapted for human habitation and there is no place where he is entitled or permitted both to place it and to reside in it; or

(d) it is overcrowded within the meaning of section 135 and may endanger the health of the occupants; or

(e) it is not permanent accommodation, in circumstances where, immediately before the commencement of his occupation of it, a local authority had a duty under section 31(2) in relation to him.

(4) A person is threatened with homelessness if it is likely that he will become homeless within 2 months.

(5) For the purposes of subsection (3)(e), "permanent accommodation" includes accommodation—

(a) of which the person is the heritable proprietor,

(b) secured by a Scottish secure tenancy,

(c) secured by an assured tenancy that is not a short assured tenancy,

(d) where paragraph 1 or 2 of schedule 6 to the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (asp 10) is satisfied in relation to the person, secured by a short Scottish secure tenancy,

(e) secured by a private residential tenancy.