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Housing (Scotland) Act 2014

Reasonable preference in allocation of social housing

14.Section 3 amends section 20 of the 1987 Act to replace the existing categories of persons to whom social landlords must give reasonable preference when allocating social housing. It states that reasonable preference in allocations must be given to persons who are homeless or threatened with homelessness and persons who are living under unsatisfactory housing conditions, in each case where that person’s housing needs are not capable of being met by other housing options which are available. Reasonable preference must also be given to the tenants of any social landlord whom a social landlord considers to be under-occupying a property.

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