Landlords to consider ASB when allocating homes
Landlords in Scotland will be able to take into account anti-social behaviour when allocating tenancies under new plans outlined by the Scottish Government.
A consultation on allocations for Scotland’s 600,000 homes in the social rented sector said councils and housing associations will be given greater flexibility over housing allocations.
They will be able to assess income and previous anti-social behaviour convictions. Anti-social tenants could also lose existing tenancy rights. The consultation also asks whether and how the process for evicting the worst offenders should be simplified.
The proposals would also result in all new social tenants getting a probationary tenancy for a year before a full Scottish secure tenancy is given.
Housing minister Keith Brown said: ‘Anti-social behaviour has a serious impact on individuals and communities. Feedback suggests that even low-level, persistent anti-social behaviour can harm communities.
‘The measures we are introducing will also help good tenants who currently feel powerless to deal with bad neighbours, who make their lives a living hell.’