The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 introduced changes to help landlords make the best use of their housing stock, whilst at the same time recognising the rights of tenants to pass on their tenancy to others in appropriate circumstances and with the landlord’s consent.
Some parts of the Act require further legislation to be agreed or further guidance from the Scottish Government therefore a timetable for the changes becoming effective has only recently been set.
As previously publicised, the 2014 Act abolished the Right to Buy for all tenants of social housing in Scotland who had a right to buy on 1 August 2016, and the other changes will come into force from May 2019 onwards. All tenants will receive notification in writing of what the changes mean and who to contact with any queries.
Below are some questions which are frequently asked regarding the changes;