Rural 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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Rural housing providers face many challenges such as high house prices, seasonal renting, a high level of second home ownership and an ageing population. Rural issues can often feel excluded from wider policy issues such as 20-minute neighborhoods. Therefore, this group provides an opportunity for rural landlords to come together to share identified solutions and best practice. 

Who is it for

This network meets four times per annum, focused on best practice, benchmarking as well as the latest policy updates.



Key Content


Housing support in rural areas


Tackling homelessness


Housing options for older people, accessing Health & Social Care services in rural areas


Affordability in rural areas and the cost of living


Latest News

13th Annual Empty Homes Conference

The 13th annual Scottish Empty Homes Conference will take place in Glasgow on Thursday 29 February. The in-person only event will be held in The Studio on Hope Street near the city centre.

SURF Awards 2023

SURF 2023 awards to launch on 8th June.

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

Rural and Islands Housing Action Plan presentation by SG More Homes Division – 7 March 2024

Presentation on the Rural and Islands Housing Action Plan, delivered by Lisa Bullen of the Scottish Government's More Homes Division - 7 March 2024.

20 minute Neighbourhoods – Rural Forum, February 2023

Briefing note from the latest meeting of the rural housing group on 9th February 2023. In this meeting we were joined by Derek Rankine, Policy Manager at Surf and Nick Wright for a discussion around what could a 20-minute neighbourhood look like in a rural and island context.

Best practice rural roundtable

This best practice report provides an overview of the themes from the best practice rural roundtable.

Past Events

Rural and Islands Action Plan – An Overview with More Homes Division

In this special session we will be joined by colleagues from the SG's More Homes Division to discuss the Rural and Islands Housing Action Plan, what it hopes to achieve and some key actions.
7th Mar 2024
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