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Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, reviews progress on housing and homelessness since 1999. “1999 seems both close and very distant now. It’s hard to recall the days when housing debate for Scotland, at a parliamentary level, used to be squeezed into an annual 90 minute slot and the very, very occasional piece of legislation. […]

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On 15th April, the UK Government announced what they call the “biggest change to the private rental sector for a generation”: changes to Section 21 of the Housing Act (1988) which will end the use of no-fault evictions. This means that tenants in England will soon – like their counterparts in Scotland – not be […]

The post Welcome aboard! England joins Scotland in ending ‘no-fault’ evictions for private tenants appeared first on Shelter Scotland Blog.

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Our adviser, David, explains what you can do if your landlord won’t fix a problem in your private rented property that is affecting your health such as heating, condensation and damp. Using our easy to follow web advice, find out how to get repairs carried out properly and what to do if your landlord refuses […]

The post Vlog: What should I do if my landlord won’t fix problems that are affecting my health? appeared first on Shelter Scotland Blog.

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Shelter Scotland Campaigns & Policy Officer, Aoife Deery, discusses the Scottish Government’s consultation on its plans to change the rules around local connection and intentionality with regards to homelessness. The last time I blogged about the Scottish Government’s new plan to end homelessness, I said we needed this new energy and momentum to continue. Well, […]

The post Breaking down the barriers to homelessness services: Why local connection and intentionality tests need to change appeared first on Shelter Scotland Blog.

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Ellie Kidd is an Events Volunteer in Shelter Scotland, and was involved in helping organise our ‘Volunteer Gathering’, which was held on Saturday 30th March 2019. Here she gives her account of planning and what it was like to attend this event. Planning the Event When I first started volunteering with Shelter Scotland, I had […]

The post The Volunteer Gathering, and Me. appeared first on Shelter Scotland Blog.

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A question we often get asked is ‘What is acceptable ‘wear and tear’ of the property I’m renting?’ There are no precise rules on what is ‘acceptable wear and tear’. We’re here to clear things up a bit for you. Our colleague, David, explains what this means for tenants and landlords. Some landlords believe that […]

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You’ve found the perfect location, it’s a shame the property is riddled with damp, mould and mice, among other issues. Here’s a few of your experiences you wish you’d never had: “Our bathroom was so damp, it was overrun with slugs! My landlord refused to acknowledge the problem or do anything about it.” “There was […]

The post Real Stories: Living with Damp, Mould and Mice appeared first on Shelter Scotland Blog.

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To view the summary video from the event and the speeches from our 3 speakers please click here.  Shelter Scotland’s Home Truths event on 28 February 2019 was the final major milestone in our 50th anniversary year. It was a thought provoking, energising and engaging night of big ideas. It focussed on the current housing […]

The post Val McDermid, Karyn McCluskey and Professor Alan Miller speak at Shelter Scotland’s Home Truths event appeared first on Shelter Scotland Blog.

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If a child is behaving in an antisocial manner and their parents aren’t doing anything about it, a parenting order can really help. Anyone over the age of 12 can be given an Antisocial Behaviour Order (ASBO) if they behave antisocially. Antisocial behaviour includes drunken or threatening behaviour, vandalism and graffiti and playing loud music at night.   Helping, not Hindering  It’s important to […]

The post Parental Orders and Teenagers with ASBOs – Help for parents with antisocial children appeared first on Shelter Scotland Blog.

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It’s important to understand that anyone can be evicted for antisocial behaviour. It doesn’t matter where you live, whether you own your house or are renting it, an ASBO can be granted against anyone who is causing a problem in the local area. What is Antisocial Behaviour? Lots of different types of behaviour can be […]

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