Housing & Planning

*Last updated 10:00, 12 February 2021

 

Housing and Planning

HouseThroughout the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will endeavour to provide the latest information direct from the Scottish and UK Governments in relation to Housing and Planning for tenants, landlords and property owners. While this page acts as a directory of information as it becomes available, clicking on the relevant links for each topic will direct you to a page or document containing more detailed information.

To raise an issue or to ask for further information, please contact our Policy Adviser (Rural Business & Property) Lindsay Duncan.

 

12 February 2021 - Short-term let control areas and licensing - UPDATE

The Scottish Government is proposing to regulate short-term lets through the introduction of a mandatory licensing scheme and by giving local authorities the ability to introduce ‘short-term let control areas’ where the any new or existing short-term let would require planning consent.  The statutory instruments (licensing & planning) were passed by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee on 03 February 2021. There will now be a full vote at the Scottish Parliament on 17 February 2021, which if passed will turn the regulations into law. If approved they will come into force on 1 April 2021, and local authorities will have until 1 April 2022 to establish a licencing scheme and existing hosts will have until 1 April 2023 to apply for a licence.

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21 January 2021- Support for larger self-catering properties and B&Bs

Details of support for larger self-catering properties and B&Bs paying council tax have been confirmed by Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing.

The £7 million Large Self-Catering Grant and the Exclusive Use Grant was announced as part of the £104 million tourism and hospitality package in December. Eligible self–catering businesses will be able to apply for one off grant support of £2,000. Eligible exclusive use premises will be able to apply for £10,000 in grant support.

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29 June 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on moving home

This guidance contains advice to ensure that moving home in any tenure and supporting activities, such as viewing property, can happen safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Scotland. This is an evolving situation so please make sure you are following the latest guidance and keep up to date with the latest public health advice.

Scotland's route map provides the framework for decision making in taking Scotland through and out of the crisis.  It gives an indication of the order in which the government will carefully and gradually seek to change current restrictions.  This guidance applies from 29 June 2020 and will be updated from time to time.

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29 June 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for private landlords and letting agents

This guidance has been updated on 29 June to reflect the move to phase 2 of the Scottish Government route map to recovery from the covid-19 outbreak.

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06 May 2020 - Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) webnote on aid for residential landlords

CAAV have published an updated document containing information regarding eligability regarding an announcement made yesterday of loan assistance for small landlords (non-business).

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22 April 2020 - The Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2020

HouseWe wrote an open letter to Kevin Stewart, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, expressing concerns about the impact the Covid-19 pandemic would have on landlords abilities to prepare for major changes coming into force for energy efficiency of private rented properties. We then fully supported the Scottish Government’s announcement that the Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2020, which had been due to come into force on 1 April 2020 would be delayed. When the regulations did not come into force on 1 April, they effectively ceased to exist.  The Scottish Government has indicated it is happy to pick up on some of the issues our members have raised so that they are in a better position once they are able to start work in again.

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House02 April 2020 - Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill - Private rented sector

The Scottish Parliament has unanimously supported the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill, which introduces a variety of short-term measures to support those impacted by coronavirus, particularly in relation to housing. Notice periods for all tenant evictions, except in certain limited cases, have been extended temporarily. Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, announced that the Scottish Government is going to establish a fund that eligible private landlords will be able to apply to if they experience difficulty securing rent as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. 

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To raise an issue or to ask for further information, please contact our Policy Adviser (Rural Business & Property) Lindsay Duncan.