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Podcast of month: Housing has a new minister

In April, Paul McLennan was appointed as Scotland’s new housing minister.

“My aim is for everyone to have a warm, safe, affordable home that meets their needs…”  –  Paul McLennan

David Bookbinder from the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations and Jane Wood from Homes for Scotland joined hosts Jimmy Black and Kieran Findlay on the Scottish Housing News Podcast to discuss what this could mean for the Scottish housing sector.  

Black’s Blog: A new minister… a new beginning?

Although McLennan is now the dedicated housing minister, there remains at least five ministers and five cabinet secretaries across five departments covering areas relevant to housing. 

It is near impossible to have neat categories within government. But both David and Jane noted the importance for understanding and cooperation across different areas. Jane also called for greater recognition of the overlaps between the directorates, as well as the need for more data-evidenced policymaking and cross-referencing of data for the housing sector. 

David suggested that the new housing minister should focus on improving the state of private and tenement housing, especially older tenements.

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The Repairing Standard and upcoming changes

Earlier this year, the Scottish Government announced a series of updates to the existing Repairing Standard that will be enforceable from 1st March 2024. The Repairing Standard covers the legal and contractual obligations of private landlords to ensure their property or properties meet the minimum physical standard of repair.

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Help and information

If you live in any kind of building containing flats, you have rights and responsibilities, along with your co-owners, to maintain and manage your building.
But, every building is different, so get professional help for anything more than a simple problem. 

Working with your neighbours will make sure you always deal with problems fairly and help maintain harmony in your building.

Repairs are inevitable and need to be tackled quickly before more damage is caused.

Follow these steps to ensure the repairs process goes smoothly and all owners pay their share.

Not satisfied with your flat? Check out what you can and can’t do to your flat to alter and improve it before deciding to sell and move on.