Chapter Seven: Next Steps And Timeframe
The consultation on the Draft Rented Sector Strategy was launched on 20 December 2021 and will run until 15th April 2022. Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to develop and publish a final strategy, by the end of 2022, which will benefit from the input of a wide range of views and interests, including tenants.
Please note that a consultation on proposals for new duties to prevent homelessness was launched in December 2021, and will run until 31st March 2022. That consultation also includes questions on the role of private and social landlords.
Next Steps: A phased approach to implementing improvements
The final version of the strategy in 2022 will set out our updated policy position and a timeline for delivery. This will include a timeline for delivering the legislative elements of the Strategy through the course of this Parliament, which will need to be carefully considered and worked through. Many of the issues related to enhancing tenants’ rights set out primarily in Chapter 3 are expected to be delivered in a Housing Bill, which we aim to introduce in the second year of this parliament.
Many other policy proposals contained in this consultation will also require legislation, for example establishing rent controls and a regulator for the private rented sector. We intend for legislation on these areas to be brought forward later in the Parliament with implementation of rent controls by the end of 2025. These will be subject to separate and detailed consultation activities and research.
It is important also to note that this Draft Strategy forms a key part of delivering the vision set out in Housing to 2040 and as such should be considered alongside wider, longer term commitments, such as delivering a further 110,000 affordable and energy efficient homes and introducing new housing standard (by 2025) which is applicable across all tenures.
The scale and ambition of this Strategy means that some proposals will take longer and will benefit from more detailed consideration, engagement and planning. That is why this Draft Strategy takes a high level and longer-term approach in some areas with a view to further input being invited from a range of stakeholders.
Responding to this consultation
You can submit a response at any time before the closing date. To give us your views, please access and respond to this consultation online at: https://consult.gov.scot/housing-and-social-justice/draft-rented-sector-strategy. There are no restrictions on who can respond to the consultation. You can save and return to your responses while the consultation is still open. Please ensure that consultation responses are submitted before the closing date.
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Next steps in the process
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Comments and complaints
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