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Housing Law in Scotland$
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Peter Robson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781845861117

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861117.001.0001

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Paying for Housing

Paying for Housing

(p.149) 5 Paying for Housing
Housing Law in Scotland

Peter W. G. Robson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the issue of paying for housing in Scotland. There are four principal ways of occupying housing with different financial implications: owner occupation, private renting, social renting, and tied housing. Irrespective of the kind of housing they occupy, tenants will find themselves paying for their housing throughout the period of their occupation through the method of partly funding local services. These payments come in the form of a property tax. This chapter considers the current mechanisms for dealing with housing costs, with particular emphasis on rent control policy for private tenancies entered into on or after 2 January 1989; rents in short assured tenancies; assured tenancy market rents; and regulated tenancy rents. It also looks at the development of policies on meeting the cost of housing and concludes with an assessment of fair rents in practice and the impact of the Housing Act 1988 on fair rents.

Keywords:   housing, Scotland, owner occupation, private renting, social renting, tied housing, property tax, housing costs, rent control policy, fair rents

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