Section: Housing Management

New guidance to help social landlords meet their obligations on allocations and suspensions

Posted 24.01.18
Chartered Institute of Housing: Article link

Revised practice guidance is under development to help social landlords prepare for the implementation of new provisions on allocations and suspensions under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 over the next 12 to 18 months.

Specialist housing research consultants Craigforth and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland have been jointly appointed by the Scottish Government to prepare the guidance, which is due for publication in autumn 2018.

The 2014 Act replaces current 'reasonable preference' categories set out in the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987. These categories specify the groups of people that social landlords must give reasonable preference to when allocating their homes.

For the first time, social landlords will have the option to take property ownership into account when making such decisions.

The changes in policy on allocations and suspensions mean that social landlords operating across Scotland will need to review their own policies to reflect the new legislative framework.


Protection from neighbours - no duty

Posted 08.01.18
Nearly Legal: Article link

What, if any, duty is owed by a local authority to children to protect them from abuse and harassment by neighbours?

This article in Nearly Legal reports on CN & Anor v Poole Borough Council (2017) EWCA Civ 2185 and concludes that this court of appeal decision suggests the answer is 'none in negligence'.

We include this reference with the above link as the content could be of interest to readers involved in housing management.


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Reporting on January 2018

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