Scottish Government consultations update


The Scottish Government consultation on temporary accommodation standards has opened and invites responses up to 14 Aug 2019. The Programme for Government announced by the First Minister on 5 September 2017 set out a new commitment to eradicate rough sleeping, transform the use of temporary accommodation in Scotland and end homelessness. Views are sought on extending the seven day restriction to all people experiencing homelessness and introduction of a new standards framework.

We are holding a GHN Members’ event on the 27 June 2019 at GHN in Glasgow to discuss the consultation. If you would like to attend please contact

Also on the Scottish Government consultation site a consultation on adding new categories to the definition of a House in Multiple Occupation is currently open until 8 July. This consultation proposes adding new categories to the definition of HMO in relation to transient workers living away from home.

Later this year the Scottish Government will publish proposals following its consultation on local connection and intentionality. This explores how to modify this power and duty, applied when people are being assessed as homeless.

The Short-Term Lets: Consultation asks for your views on the regulation of short-term lets in Scotland. There has clearly been a significant growth in short-term lets in a small timescale and the consultation sets out the factual background, describes the issues arising, outlines local authorities current powers to address them and presents an overview of regulatory approaches elsewhere in the world. Responses until 19 Jul 2019.