What happens at the moment? Applicants who have outstanding tenancy debt built up within 5 years of the date of their application (equal to or more than 1/12th of the annual rent) are suspended until a repayment arrangement has been maintained for a minimum period of 3 months and it continues to be paid after that.
In making allocations social landlords can take into account outstanding debts which relate to the tenancy of a house, such as rent or service charges.
The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 does not say how far a landlord can look back but Scottish Government Guidance indicates no more than 3 years. Social Landlord can apply their own discretion and special circumstances may apply.
Do you agree that Fife Housing Register partners should only look back at tenancy arrears built up within the 3 year period before the application date?
Do you agree that, where a Fife Housing Register partner can show that they are still chasing a debt that is over 3 years old, the application will be suspended until a repayment arrangement has been maintained for a minimum of 3 months and it continues to be paid after that?
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