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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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Shared Housing and Houses in Multiple Occupation

Shared Housing and Houses in Multiple Occupation

(p.295) 9 Shared Housing and Houses in Multiple Occupation
Housing Law in Scotland

Peter W. G. Robson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on shared housing and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Scotland. Prior to the twenty-first century, it was far more common for people to share facilities when they occupied properties. The notion of regulation of these kinds of living arrangements emerged in the middle of the nineteenth century, with the ‘ticketing’ of houses in Glasgow for maximum occupancy rates from 1868. However, this is an area where regulation and control have been characterised by complexity and neglect over the years. To redress this neglect, a system was introduced under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006, amended by the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010. This chapter considers the modern legal framework for multiple occupancy in the private rented housing sector, with particular emphasis on two principal forms of regulation of private rented accommodation which is shared with other tenants: registration and licensing. It also discusses practical issues arising from HMOs and concludes with an analysis of the development of controls in shared housing.

Keywords:   shared housing, houses in multiple occupation, Scotland, regulation, control, multiple occupancy, private rented housing, private rented accommodation, registration, licensing

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