The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has welcomed the Scottish Government’s changes to the Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) Act. The changes mean SFHA’s members will continue to keep rents affordable, in line with the Scottish Social Housing Charter requirements, and tenants will continue to have an active and direct role in rent consultations with their landlord.
The legislation will allow SFHA’s members to plan new-build developments and improvement programmes for existing homes as well as continue delivering support services for tenants during and beyond the cost-of-living crisis.
“Housing associations are supporting tenants throughout the cost-of-living crisis and are doing all they can to reduce poverty across Scotland. This legislation means our members can continue to set affordable rents openly and transparently, involving tenants in decisions on services, maintenance and management for the upcoming year and continuing their essential work on building much-needed new affordable homes.
“A rent freeze could have removed more than £200 million of investment from building new social homes, maintaining existing ones and helping people in their tenancies while making little difference to individual tenants’ incomes. Investing in good quality, warm homes for social rent is crucial to tackling poverty in Scotland and protecting all tenants from the increasing cost of living.”Sally Thomas, SFHA Chief Executive
In December, SFHA published a statement supported by the Scottish Government, which underlined its longstanding history of working with the government to protect tenants and communities across Scotland. The statement set out specific actions that SFHA members will take to further support tenants through the cost-of-living crisis, along with commitments by the government.