Bill aims to help tenants

A Bill which will improve the quality of rented accommodation across the social and private sectors has been introduced into the Scottish Parliament.

The measures in the Housing (Scotland) Bill are intended to enhance housing conditions, retain social housing and safeguard social and private tenants.

The Bill will end right to buy in Scotland, which will halt the sale of up to 15,500 social houses over the next 10 years.

It will establish a private rented sector tribunal which will provide tenants and landlords with access to specialist justice to resolve disputes more effectively.

Changes to mobile home site licensing will also improve the rights of the 3300 households, many of whom are elderly, living permanently in mobile or park homes across Scotland.

Other measures in the Bill will:

Introduce a regulatory framework for letting agents to help improve overall levels of service and professionalism within the industry.

Enhance local authority powers to improve the quality of houses in the private sector.

Increase flexibility in the allocation and management of social housing, allowing landlords to make better use of their stock, tackle anti-social behaviour and provide further protection for tenants.