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July 10, 2009

Private Sector Social Landlords?

Next year Scottish Govt. will introduce a new Housing Bill to parliament and EVH (Employers in Voluntary Housing) has produced an excellent Briefing paper. The Draft Bill seems to have been much influence by England, where they lost their community based housing associations. It is proposed that private landlords become eligible to be social landlords. Social housing for profit?

The Scottish Government will introduce a new Housing Bill to Parliament in 2010. To get things started, the Government has published a first draft of the Bill and a consultation paper. The closing date for responses is 14 August 2009.

The draft Bill deals with two main things. First, ending the Right to Buy for new social housing. Second, major reforms to how social housing is regulated. The Government may put more into the Bill before it is presented to Parliament. For example, more radical changes to the Right to Buy, as well as new ways of dealing with poor quality private housing and with bad practice by private landlords.

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