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1 SHQS – is your landlord going to meet the target? Alan Russell Senior Manager (Housing Condition & Supply) Fife Council

2 What is the SHQS? Scottish Housing Quality Standard Introduced February 2004 Target for Councils and RSLs to meet by April main criteria 55 elements 9 sub elements The 5 Criteria 1.Meet Tolerable Standard 2.Free from serious disrepair 3.Be energy efficient 4.Have modern facilities and services 5.Be healthy, safe and secure

3 55 SHQS Elements Bathroom fittings in good condition Adequate lighting, heating and ventilation Cavity wall insulation External noise insulation Safe outdoor areas and bin stores Roof in good repair Minimum energy rating of NHER 5/SAP 50/60 Secure common front door entry system (flats) At least 100mm loft insulation Kitchen units safe/good

4 What is the current position? SHR – SHQS Progress Update (6 th Annual Report) Improved from 71% compliance to 82% Spent £439 million 94% will meet Standard – 2 Councils – 8 RSLs – 2408 houses – <0.4% of social houses And 46 landlords already meet the Standard Now part of Social Housing Charter 7 landlords less than 50% 6% houses fail one criterion Energy efficiency highest Councils 22% fail Stock transfer RSLs 19% Other RSLs 9% Estimate 38,049 houses (6.4%) require exemption

5 Compliance History

6 Projection to 2015 Good News 99.5% social houses will meet the Standard Exemptions down from 6.4% to 5% Bad News 2961 (up from 2408 in 2013) houses will fail the Standard 32,228 houses exempt 70 Landlords didn’t submit figures for Exemptions

7 Who’s doing well? Councils All Councils bar one on track RSLs Small urban Medium urban Rural 88% of RSLs will achieve the Standard by 2015

8 Who isn’t? Councils Clackmannanshire (0.2% = 10 houses) RSLs 1.Next Step Homes Ltd (29% = 12 houses) 2.Muirhouse HA (25%, 126) 3.Langstane HA (16%, 425) 4.Maryhill HA (12%, 364) 5.River Clyde Homes Ltd (11%, 648) 6.14 other RSLs

9 Why? Councils Older stock generally – 5% built after 1982 Non-traditional stock Energy efficiency RSLs Older stock in stock transfer RSLs (38% RSL stock built after 1982) Some non-traditional stock Energy efficiency

10 Exemptions “capable of meeting SHQS on a particular element … but … not possible for technical, disproportionate cost or legal reasons” May apply to 5% of stock (32,228 homes) Multi-storey Non-traditional Demolitions Abeyances

11 “where the work cannot be done for ‘social’ reasons relating to tenants’ or owner- occupiers’ behaviour” Owners not willing to pay share No access

12 Exemptions at March 2013 LandlordStock numbers ExemptionsPercentage Specialist RSLs (13) Rural RSLs (17) Urban <500 (28) Urban 500<>1000 (29) Urban (38) Stock Transfer <1000 (9) Stock transfer (25) All RSLs (160) Councils (26) All Scotland (186)

13 Highest exemptions projected to 2015 Councils 1.East Dunbartonshire (27%) 2.Renfrewshire (19%) 3.Shetland (14%) 4.Aberdeenshire (12%) 5.Orkney (12%) RSLs 1.Elderpark HA (58%) 2.Glen Oaks HA (55%) 3.Govan HA (48%) 4.Pentland HA (48%) 5.Thistle HA (44%)

14 What it means for tenants Poorer conditions – Kitchens – Bathrooms – Door Entry systems Lack of Energy efficiency – Heating costs – Risk of fuel poverty – EESSH failure

15 What can tenants do to help? Find out what issues your landlord has Challenge – are the exemptions justified? Support - raise awareness in tenant groups “tenants themselves … are expected to make every reasonable effort to allow the necessary work to take place”


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