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Reflections on the Rural Housing Conference

What strikes me every year about Rural Housing Scotland’s conference in Dunkeld and Birnum is how it brings together people with various perspectives and experiences but who have a united interest in rural housing. It is a noisy conference – people chat, and chat passionately. The challenges faced in delivering rural housing, particularly affordable rural
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What will the new tenancy regime mean for rural communities?

Rented housing on farms and estates has been the cornerstone of rural communities for hundreds of years. Over that time legislation and policy has gradually changed, but have we ever seen so much change in such a short period of time as we have over the last few years? On this Landlord Day we consider
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A bridge over troubled waters?

The quality of private water supplies in Scotland have often been derided as secondary to that of public supplies. Of course most of us could highlight an exception or two to such a claim, but it is with this presumption in mind that the Scottish Government is pushing ahead with its latest consultation: the draft
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The Energy Efficiency Debate is Heating Up

The Scottish Government research confirms what we have thought for a while – the least energy efficient properties are those in rural areas. They are off the gas grid, pre-1919 so are of traditional build such as stone and slate, and are detached so more exposed to the marvellous Scottish weather. So we know where
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National Landlord Day…the policy perspective

It always seems to be a national month, week or day. We are in the grizzly part of Movember, last week we had National Sandwich Day, and Sunday was apparently National Nachos Day! Many awareness days are shameless self-promotion or just for comedic purposes. Some raise huge sums of money for worthy charities, and others
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Politics and policy – how the new PRS legislation was made

I began working for Scottish Land & Estates just over two years ago and have just been through my first full Bill process from beginning to end. The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill has recently been given Royal Assent and is now an Act of the Scottish Parliament. At the end of 2017 it will
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Working together to achieve a strong private rental sector for all

Across the country, one of the most oft repeated phrases that is used by both politicians and media focuses on Britain’s ‘housing crisis’. It is a popular expression and one that grabs a headline, but it does not accurately explain the issues faced by policymakers trying to ensure both current and future generations have access
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Affordable Housing at Kincardine Estate

Policy discourages affordable housing

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The social, economic and environmental contribution of landowners and estates is significant and I would contend that this is most evident in the area of affordable housing. Funnily enough, you don’t often hear zealous land reformers talking about the fact that landowners are the biggest providers of affordable housing in rural areas. A majority of
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