Private Sector Housing

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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The private rented housing sector has grown considerably over the last two decades and has now  become an integral part of the Scottish housing market. However, poor housing conditions are, generally, concentrated at the lower end of the market that provides accommodation to vulnerable groups.

Local authorities can play a crucial role in driving up standards in the private rented sector, and in the wider owner occupied sector too, the latter being the predominant tenure in Scotland.  SHNs five private sector forums allow local authority officers to come together to discuss the best way to secure successful maintenance and improvement of private sector dwellings, including tenement property, and especially the vital issue of how best to improve and fund the energy efficiency of our older private housing stock.

Our Private Sector Officer continues to work in collaboration with a range of external partners including the Scottish Government and Under One Roof.

Who is it for

This service comprises regular forums, training, good practice, and direct liaison with Scottish Government officials on key issues related to private sector housing services. A dedicated Private Sector Officer provides services to members opting to subscribe to the add-on Private Sector Services.

This network meets twice per annum, focussing on five discrete topics, shown below. This offers a supportive environment for members. Focussed on best practice, as well as the latest policy updates, meetings are always vibrant places to be, to share successes and challenges alike.

Key Content


Landlord registration


Scottish Houses of Multiple Occupation


Property Condition




Property Factoring


Short-term lets


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.

Publications and reports

Factoring Self-assessment Worksheet

Self-assessment framework: Factoring

Scottish Government Update LLREG Forum, 8th March 2022

Scottish Government Update LLREG Forum 8th March 2022 from Paul McGillivray

Registers of Scotland Update to LLREG/HMO Forum, 8th March 2022

Registers of Scotland Update to LLREG/HMO Forum 8th March 2022 from Scott Clarke

Past Events

LA Property Factoring Forum

A knowledge exchange forum for LA professionals engaged in LA Property Factoring issues
11th - 11th May 2023
MS Teams

Landlord Registration & HMO Forum

A knowledge exchange forum for LA professionals engaged in Landlord Registration & HMO activities
20th - 20th Apr 2023

Adaptations & Scheme of Assistance

A Knowledge Exchange Forum for LA professionals engaged in Adaptations & Scheme of Assistance work
11th - 11th Apr 2023
MS Teams

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