Other remedies for assured tenants

Assured tenants may be able to use additional remedies under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988.

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Housing (Scotland) Act 1988 

Under this legislation, the tribunal has a further power under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988 which is to suspend execution of the order or to discharge it absolutely before it has been put into effect. [1] It has been suggested that this may be appropriate in situations where the arrears in consequence of which the decree has been granted have now been paid. [2] However if the order was granted in terms of any of the mandatory grounds (including ground 8 three months' rent arrears) or under termination of a short assured tenancy this option is not available. [3] Since 2 July 2004 there is an exception to this - this power can be used for action under ground 8 if the tribunal is satisfied that the rent is due to delay or failure in the payment of housing benefit. [4]

Last updated: 25 September 2020


  • [1]

    s.20 Housing (Scotland) Act 1988

  • [2]

    Mitchell J, 'Eviction and Rent Arrears', Shelter, para. 5.27

  • [3]

    s.33(1) and s.20(6) Housing (Scotland) Act 1988

  • [4]

    s.20(6) Housing (Scotland) Act 1988 as amended by s.12 Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003