Blogs



Blog: At home in your own home – letting agents and renting

By Ellie Hutchinson, private renting project manager at Shelter Scotland

Published 30 May 2016

Blog: Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act - all change for landlords and tenants

Major changes to the tenancy laws in Scotland will give more security to tenants, but also produce hazards for landlords, write Lucy Harington and Louise McAlister from the Commercial Dispute Resolution Team at TLT LLP.

Published 27 May 2016

Blog: What is mid market rent anyway?

Ashley Campbell, policy and practice manager at CIH Scotland, blogs about newly commissioned research on mid-market rent, in partnership with Wheatley Group.

Published 19 May 2016

Blog: A date with data – 31 May 2016

Many in the Scottish housing community will be looking forward to the 31st May with a combination of apprehension and anticipation. As many will be all too well aware, that is the deadline for landlords to submit their Annual Return on the Charter (ARC) submissions to the Scottish Housing Regulator. Providing sound data will ensure that the Regulator can make the most accurate assessment of performance and risk.

Published 19 May 2016

Blog: The impact of welfare changes for single young people

In a guest blog for Shelter Scotland, Janice Blenkinsopp talks about her research into the housing options for the often overlooked demographic of low-income adults aged 25-34 following recent welfare changes and the potential implications for our understanding of what it means to be an adult in modern day Scotland.

Published 18 May 2016

Blog: Justified criticism of Right to Buy extension

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was right in its criticism of the extended right to buy, says CIH policy adviser John Perry.

Published 17 May 2016

Blog: The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland

By Ellie Hutchinson, private renting project manager at Shelter Scotland

Published 12 May 2016

Blog: Towards a digital nation: the switch to smart meters

As the national rollout of digital smart meters gets underway, Susanne Webster, policy and practice co-ordinator at CIH Scotland blogs about the potential impact and how the new meters can help us all make smarter energy choices.

Published 12 May 2016

Blog: Empty Homes Advice Service – One year on

By Frances Snee, empty homes adviser at Shelter Scotland

Published 11 May 2016

Blog: The cost of being poor

By Big Issue Invest Scotland manager Michelle Davitt

Published 11 May 2016

Black’s Blog: Jimmy Black thinks about stairs… and how to avoid them

Stairs. A complete nuisance if you have furniture to shift, babies to carry, shopping to bring home. That’s all of us at one time or another. And they’re a nuisance for disabled people too.

Published 10 May 2016

Blog: Making the most of your intelligence

My partner is an avid Boden shopper. She likes the design of their clothes for herself and the kids. Boden know this – and they understand her. A new catalogue arrives in the post seemingly every week. She also receives a constant stream of emails. Boden’s real trick is understanding what level of discount will entice her to shop. A miserly 10 per cent won’t do it. But offer closer to 20 per cent (especially on kids’ clothes) and she’s hooked, even if she ends up buying more and un-discounted goods into the bargain.

Published 10 May 2016

Blog: Homes must be at the heart of Scotland’s new social security system

By Adam Lang, head of communications and policy at Shelter Scotland

Published 6 May 2016

Blog: New premises offer a ‘fresh start’ for Moray charity

Alastair Cameron, chief executive of Scottish Churches Housing Action, comments after opening a new distribution centre for Moray Fresh Start in Elgin.

Published 6 May 2016

Letter from HouseMark Scotland

An independent report highlighting Eildon Group’s significant economic impact should give confidence and inspiration to the housing sector to continue to innovate and improve, writes Kirsty Wells, head of HouseMark Scotland.

Published 4 May 2016