Social housing - allocations
Allocation rules govern the way that local authorities and registered social landlords allocate housing, for example they determine how applications for housing are prioritised.
Within these relatively limited parameters, local authorities and registered social landlords are free to decide allocation polices.
Applicants who apply to a local authority or registered social landlord for housing have the right to access the rules that determine whether they will be admitted to a waiting list or allocated a house.
Once an applicant has been placed on a housing list, some restrictions are placed on how local authorities or registered social landlords can allocate housing to the applicant.
The Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 as amended by the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 defines a housing list, a housing provider and who can apply to be on a housing list.
There are additional statutory restrictions that apply to a local authority or registered social landlord when it is allocating accommodation.
Subject to the statutory restrictions, local authorities and registered social landlords are free to exercise discretion in the framing of allocation policies.
There are a number of options open to a tenant who wishes to move to another home.
There are a number of ways in which a registered social landlord or local authority can be challenged about the decision it has made when allocating accommodation.
Choice-based-lettings are a way for local authorities, housing associations and registered social landlords to allocate social housing to applicants on their waiting and transfer lists.
Common housing registers allow applicants to apply for housing from various providers in one application.
Last updated: 26 April 2019