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For information - the Bill has now been passed by the Parliament.  This webpage describes the Local Government and Communities Committee's work on the Bill.


The Local Government and Communities Committee was the lead committee for the Housing (Scotland) Bill.  The Bill was introduced by the Scottish Government on 13 January 2010.  


The Bill’s Policy Memorandum states that the principal policy objectives of the Bill are “to improve the value that social housing delivers for tenants and taxpayers, to safeguard the supply of that housing for the benefits of future generations of tenants, and to improve conditions in private housing”.

The Bill seeks to do this by:

  • modernising the regime for regulating social landlords (local authority landlords and registered social landlords);
  • reforming the Right to Buy social housing; and
  • amending the law on registering private landlords, licensing homes in multiple occupation and dealing with disrepair in private housing.

The Bill would replace and modernise the regulatory framework established by the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 and in Part 3 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988.

Written Evidence

A call for written evidence was issued by the Local Government and Communities Committee for interested parties to submit their views on the Bill. 

The call for evidence is now closed.

Fact finding visit

On 10 March, the committee met with Fife Council and local tenants at the Rothes Halls in Glenrothes, to inform its scrutiny of the Housing (Scotland) Bill. 

Oral Evidence

At its meeting on 24 March, the committee took evidence on provisions in the Bill that relate to the Scottish Housing Regulator and the performance of social landlords, and those that relate to Right to Buy.

At its meeting on 14 April, the committee took evidence on provisions in the Bill that relate to private housing including landlord registration, the licensing of HMOs and local authority powers to deal with disrepair in private housing.  The committee also took evidence on the protection of unauthorised tenants.

At its meeting on 21 April, the committee took evidence from representatives of tenants associations, CIH Scotland, Scottish Council for Single Homeless (SCSH) and Shelter Scotland. 

At its meeting on 28 April, the Committee took evidence from the Minister for Housing and Communities.

Stage 1 Report

The Committee published its Stage 1 report on the Bill on 8 June 2010.

Stage 1 Debate

The Stage 1 debate for the Housing (Scotland) Bill took place on 23 June 2010.

Scottish Government Response

The Local Government and Communities Committee received the Scottish Government's response to its Stage 1 report on the Housing (Scotland) Bill on 3 September 2010.

Stage 2

The Committee considered the Bill at Stage 2 at its meetings on 22 September 2010, 29 September 2010 and 6 October 2010.

Stage 3

The Stage 3 debate was held on 3 November 2010.

The Bill passed Stage 3 on 3 November 2010.


Completed Business of the committee