Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Anti-social behaviour measures 'not far enough', says SFHA

The Scottish housing bill does not go far enough to tackle antisocial behaviour, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has said.

Ahead of the infrastructure and investment committee’s discussion of the proposed legislation today, the representative body said ministers were raising ‘unrealistic’ expectations about how the bill would tackle ‘the thoughtless actions of their neighbours’.

The housing bill, which was introduced to parliament in November, gives landlords the power to give short secure tenancies to tenants with a history of antisocial behaviour.

It also abolishes right to buy and creates a specialist housing tribunal to resolve disputes in the private rented sector.

Andy Young, SFHA policy and membership manager, said: ‘The housing bill is very well intentioned, but, while quite bold in places, does not go far enough in others…

‘The introduction of these measures alone is not a panacea to tackle antisocial behaviour. This will still require a multi-agency approach and a less congested court system, and there is a danger that the expectations of those tenants whose lives are blighted by the thoughtless actions of their neighbours will be raised to unrealistic levels by some of the language being used by the Scottish government.’

CIH Scotland also warned that the majority of serious anti-social behaviour cases would ‘continue to be difficult to resolve quickly and effectively’ even after the bill was passed.

The committee will take evidence from housing bodies including the SFHA, the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland and Shelter Scotland.

Readers' comments (2)

Comments are only open to subscribers of Inside Housing

Already a subscriber?

If you’re already a subscriber to Inside Housing, your subscription may not be linked to your online account. You can link your subscription from within the My Account section of the website and clicking on Link My Account.

Not yet a subscriber?

If you don't yet subscribe to Inside Housing, please visit our subscription page to view our various subscription packages.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

sign in register

Newsletter Sign-up



  • SFHA calls for more ambitious welfare policy

    2 November 2016

    The Scottish Government is not ambitious enough in its social security plans and should use its powers to create a new benefit to mitigate against welfare reforms.

  • SFHA chief announces retirement

    22 September 2016

    The chief executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has announced she will leave the organisation next year.

  • SFHA chief outlines barriers to development

    24 August 2016

    Concerns about land availibility, access to funding, the planning system and workforce skills could stand in the way of delivering the Scottish government’s 50,000-home affordable homes target, associations will warn today.

  • Starter Homes compromise 'not enough'

    31 March 2016

    A major lender has warned that a government compromise over the Starter Homes discount period does not go far enough to win its support.

  • LEPs 'not transparent enough' warns watchdog

    23 March 2016

    Local Enterprise Partnerships are not transparent enough given they are responsible for “significant amounts” of taxpayers’ money, the National Audit Office has concluded.

IH Subscription