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Scotland housing Bill to give more powers to landlords to deal with anti social behaviour in social housing

Date: (20 August 2012)    |    

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Landlords in Scotland will be given more powers so as to crack down on anti-social behaviour in social housing.

The Scottish Government had received an overwhelming backing to its plans after its consultations received good responses it was confirmed.

More than 90 per cent of tenants groups and landlords have supported landlords being able to take into account previous anti-social behaviour when allocating social housing.

Around 86 per cent of tenants groups and 93 per cent of landlords also felt that eviction from social housing should be made simpler for serious cases of anti-social behaviour.

Statistics from the independent Scottish Housing Regulator indicated that housing associations recorded around 24,000 complaints about anti-social behaviour in 2009-10.

Social rented sector with 600,000 houses would be affected in how these houses would be allocated and managed once the plans are enacted.

An expert group made up of tenants representatives, landlords and others has been established to help take forward all of the proposals in the consultation, which would inform final decisions about what will feature in the forthcoming Housing Bill.

Housing Minister Keith Brown said that Antisocial behaviour could have a corrosive impact on individuals and communities.

The Scottish Government has worked hard with landlords and tenants to develop the proposed measures for changing the way affordable rented housing was allocated and managed.

The responses received for the consultation was clear that good tenants who currently felt powerless to deal with bad neighbours wanted to draw a line in the sand by backing a new law that will help root out those that piled misery on communities across Scotland.

Clearly, from these responses, good tenants who currently feel powerless to deal with bad neighbours want to draw a line in the sand by backing a new law that will help root out those that heap misery on communities across Scotland.”