Private Rented Sector Homelessness

Our communities of practice are a group of like minded professionals that work (or have an interest in) an area of housing practice.

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This community of practice will develop your skills and knowledge to meet your statutory and regulatory duties to provide homeslessness services within the private rented sector.  This included maximising the viable options in the private rented sector for homeless or potentially homeless households.

Who is it for

This community is suitable for local authority members, as a member of this community of practice you can expect to have access to at least four events per year, a dedicated online discussion forum, data dashboards, access to guidance documents and other publications. 

Key Content


Managing relationships with tenants, landlords and letting agents


Establishing and delivering a social lettings agency


Working holistically across private sector services


Working to establish a private rented sector that meets need, in terms of affordability, condition, location and property type

Latest News

Scottish Fuel Fund

Funds secured by HACT and Melville are now available for housing associations to access, providing vouchers to support residents with rising fuel costs.

CRER report highlights persistent inequalities and disadvantages that highten BME people’s risk of destitution

Despite rising homelessness in BME communities in recent years and persistent inqualities and disadvantages that heighten BME people's risk of destitution.

Publications and reports

Member Query – Repairs operatives staffing – November 2023

Report from City of Edinburgh Council on their recent benchmarking of repairs operatives staffing.

Member Queries: Sensors in tenants homes

The network received a query from a member regarding housing providers procedures when a tenant refuses access to the landlord for a planned upgrade. Nineteen full responses were received. Many thanks to all those who took the time to respond.

Member Query – Inspection of external pipework – November 2023

Responses to a recent member query on inspections to external pipework, November 2023.

Past Events

PRS Homelessness Forum

Preventing homelessness in the PRS, and understanding its role better in meeting housing need.
29th Sep 2023

PRS Homelessness Forum

Bringing empty homes back into use as private lets for housing applicants, and new guidance from SHN on rehousing applicants in PRS tenancies.
15th Mar 2023

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