This survey is issued to all Langstane tenants, and a sample of our housing applicants

The 2014 Housing (Scotland) Act brings in some changes affecting who we let our houses to. We have reviewed our policy and would like to hear what you think about the changes. Some things simply have to happen the way the law says, but other things we can decide together.

If you want to see a full copy of the draft policy click on this link to our website and find it in the downloads section.

Please take about ten minutes to answer the seven questions in this survey. The closing date for responses is 29 March 2019. The results of the survey are reported to our Board of Management on 15 April 2019.

Your Voice Counts.


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* 1. High Priority Groups (60+ Points)

We have updated who gets high priority points. The law calls this the Reasonable Preference Groups. Here is a list of who has high priority for housing:

·   People who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

·  Tenants who are in a social housing tenancy with more bedrooms than they need (this is called under-occupying)

·   People living in unsatisfactory housing conditions (this means the property condition being assessed by the Local Authority as Below Tolerable Standard) with unmet housing need (such as problems living at home for very severe health conditions)

We can’t change the law about this, but we’d like to know if you think there is a group of people that you think have been missed out, and we should think about them in our points system.

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* 2. Points for under-occupying a social rented house

There is a new group that is now high priority for housing.

People that live in social rented property but are not using all the bedrooms i.e. they have spare bedrooms. The reason for giving them high points is so that people move out of properties that are too big for them quickly once they apply for rehousing, and make them available for other people on the housing list.

We want your opinion about how many points should be awarded to someone for each extra bedroom in their home. Bear in mind that high priority on the list is 60 points or more. How many points do you think is reasonable for this?

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* 3. Suspending housing applicants

We have added a time range for suspensions to the policy. This is when we hold an application back from being considered for a specific reason. The reasons include unpaid housing related debts, providing false information, or being abusive towards Association staff.

Each case is considered on an individual basis, and suspensions will last from 3 to 12 months. What do you think of this timescale?

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* 4. We have added in a new reason for suspending applicants. This is where an applicant has a previous conviction, punishable by imprisonment, and the offence is associated with or around a residential property. What do you think?

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* 5. Housing applicants that own a property

We used to allow people that owned their own homes to be considered for housing based on their housing need. This has changed with the new policy. We will not consider a property owner for housing unless:

· They cannot get access to their property (then we will consider a 6 month tenancy, not a full secure tenancy)

·  Where living in their property means they will be subjected to abuse from another person who has previously lived with them (then we will consider a full tenancy)

·  Where living there will endanger the health of the occupants, and there are no reasonable steps they can take to prevent that danger (then we will consider a full tenancy)

What do you think?

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* 6. Changes to when we will offer applicants a short tenancy – anti-social behaviour

We want to offer secure tenancies to most housing applicants. However, where an applicant has previously been evicted for anti-social behaviour we will offer them a short 6 month tenancy. We do this to protect our current tenants from possible neighbourhood issues being created by allocating to that housing applicant.

What do you think?

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* 7. Changes to how we let our low demand housing

We sometimes have difficulty finding people to live in flats in certain areas. Where this happens, our new policy will be flexible and we can change the rules about how we let these flats.

We will advertise these properties and then let the property from those that have asked to be considered for it, based on their points and best use of the property.

What do you think?

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