Publication - Advice and guidance

Minimum period for applications to remain in force - suspensions under section 20B of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987: statutory guidance

Published: 2 May 2019
Directorate:
Housing and Social Justice Directorate
Part of:
Housing
ISBN:
9781787817715

Statutory guidance on the category of suspensions and the legal requirements social landlords must comply with.

17 page PDF

3.2 MB

17 page PDF

3.2 MB

Contents
Minimum period for applications to remain in force - suspensions under section 20B of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987: statutory guidance
4. New Powers in The 2014 Act

17 page PDF

3.2 MB

4. New Powers in The 2014 Act

4.1 Section 6 of the 2014 Act amends the 1987 Act to introduce a new section 20B. It creates an exception to section 20(2)(b) of the 1987 Act and gives social landlords the power to impose a suspension in certain circumstances where section 20(2)(b) would previously have prevented them from doing so. The legislation now allows landlords to suspend an application for a period of time from the date of the application in any of the specified circumstances.

4.2 The new power in section 20B is discretionary. A social landlord can choose whether or not to use it. A social landlord’s approach to suspensions, including the option of imposing a suspension under section 20B, should be clearly set out in the landlord’s suspensions policy.


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