Fears that homelessness could increase due to crackdown on overcrowding

  • Housing chiefs and charities have warned that homelessness levels in Scotland could rise during the government’s crackdown on overcrowded homes. risinghouse.jpg

    The introductions of Overcrowding Statutory Notices, which are aimed at guarding against unacceptable living conditions in private sector homes in Scotland, have raised concerns with housing chiefs and charities, reports The Scotsman.

    A consultation on the issue has resulted in calls for safeguards to be put in place by landlords and councils so that homelessness is prevented.

    Shelter Scotland warns: “The service of an overcrowding statutory notice is highly likely to lead to homelessness.”

    Disability charity Capability Scotland warned: “These notices are highly likely to lead to homelessness making it essential that procedures are put in place to ensure that when the notices are served occupiers are given the advice, information and support they need to consider their full housing options and make a homelessness application where necessary.”

    It is wished that councils ensure OSN’s are accompanied by a housing options interview to guard against people who are evicted having nowhere to stay.

    The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations says that a tenant with too many family members living with them could decide to ask adult members to leave. “If those adults leaving were vulnerable or had very little choice to exercise in other housing options, they could become homeless,” it adds.

    Local authorities, including Glasgow, Moray and South Lanrkshire have said that councils are likely to be closely involved in the process to help find alternative accommodation when needed, and the risk of homelessness is “minimal.”

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