Super Sponsor Scheme and Homes for Ukraine: guidance for local authorities

Guidance for local authorities on the Scottish Government’s Super Sponsorship Scheme and Scotland’s responsibilities under the UK Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme.

Tolerable Housing Standard set out in Section 86 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987

Definition of a home meeting tolerable standard

(1)  Subject to subsection (2), a house meets the tolerable standard for the purposes of this Act if the house—

(a)  is structurally stable;

(b)  is substantially free from rising or penetrating damp;

(c)  has satisfactory provision for natural and artificial lighting, for ventilation and for heating;

[(ca)  has satisfactory thermal insulation;]

(d)  has an adequate piped supply of wholesome water available within the house;

(e)  has a sink provided with a satisfactory supply of both hot and cold water within the house;

(f)   has a water closet [or waterless closet] available for the exclusive use of the occupants of the house and suitably located within the house;

[(fa)  has a fixed bath or shower and a wash-hand basin, each provided with a satisfactory supply of both hot and cold water and suitably located within the house;]

(g)  has an effective system for the drainage and disposal of foul and surface water;

[(ga)  in the case of a house having a supply of electricity, complies with the relevant requirements in relation to the electrical installation for the purposes of that supply; “the electrical installation” is the electrical wiring and associated components and fittings, but excludes equipment and appliances; “the relevant requirements” are that the electrical installation is adequate and safe to use;]

(h)  has satisfactory facilities for the cooking of food within the house;

(i)  has satisfactory access to all external doors and outbuildings;

[(j)  has satisfactory equipment installed for detecting, and for giving warning of, fire or suspected fire;

(k)  has satisfactory equipment installed for detecting, and for giving warning of, carbon monoxide present in a concentration that is hazardous to health,] 

and any reference to a house not meeting the tolerable standard or being brought up to the tolerable standard shall be construed accordingly.

[(1A)  In construing any such reference, regard shall be had to any guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers.

(1B)  The Scottish Ministers must issue the guidance in such manner as they consider appropriate for bringing it to the notice of local authorities and other persons with an interest.

(1C)  The Scottish Ministers may vary or revoke any such guidance.]

(2)  The Secretary of State may by order vary or extend or amplify the criteria set out in the foregoing subsection either generally or, after consultation with a particular local authority, in relation to the district, or any part of the district, of that authority.

[(2A)  An order under subsection (2) is to be made by statutory instrument, and no such order is to be made unless a draft of the order has been laid before and approved by resolution of the Scottish Parliament.]

(3)  This section shall be without prejudice to section 114 (certain underground rooms to be treated as houses not meeting the tolerable standard).



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