Scotland’s Housing Network launches mid-market rent best practice guide

Scotland’s Housing Network (SHN) has worked with Kingdom Housing Association graduate trainee Eilidh MacDonald, key sector partners and SHN members to develop a best practice guide for the mid-market rent sector.

Mid-market rent (MMR) housing has been around in Scotland for many years now and it clearly meets the needs of many individuals and families who live in the private rented sector (PRS).

The level of funding available from the Scottish Government has led to significant growth in the supply of MMR across cities and towns, and wherever you have traditional PRS it provides a better, more affordable housing solution.

Graduate trainee Eilidh MacDonald co-hosted a series of online workshops throughout May with the Network’s service improvement manager Trudi Tokarczyk. These were joined by housing professionals from across the sector as well as experts including Landlord Accreditation Scotland (LAS) and Safe Deposit Scotland.

The workshops highlighted key areas of best practice and areas where further guidance was required. The aim of the guidance is to bring together all the information and best practice around MMR into one location that members can easily access.

Trudi Tokarczyk, service improvement manager for Scotland’s Housing Network, said: “It really has been a true partnership with Eilidh involved at every step of the way. She has brought enthusiasm and new ideas to the project and has been a great addition to the team at Scotland’s Housing Network.”

“MMR has become a key area for many housing providers, and as a result many are now taking their first steps towards MMR provision. This guide brings together all the information and best practice around MMR into one document that members can easily access. We would like to thank everyone who was involved in these workshops and the short life working group for their time and expertise.”

Matthew Busher, Kingdom’s interim director of housing, added: “As an RSL with a growing MMR portfolio, we’re pleased to have been able to contribute to this project and look forward to using the finished guide to help inform our own future development. This has been a really positive example of collaborative working and we really appreciate SHN supporting Eilidh to work on the project and help develop her skills and knowledge as part of her Graduate Trainee programme with Kingdom.”

The best practice guide will be launched at the Network’s upcoming MMR Forum on October 15.

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