Salvation Army

Second consultation on a new tenancy for the private rented sector

The Salvation Army response is based on two perspectives – first as a provider of homeless services, including hostels (Lifehouses), drop-in centres, resettlement services and floating support. The majority of the service users that they help to resettle tend not to move into the private rented sector, but for those that do, they try to ensure that they find appropriate and secure tenancies when they move on from our hostels or resettlement flats. Also, some of the service users referred to The Salvation Army have become homeless from the private rented sector. Security of tenancy is therefore of concern to the Salvation Army.

The second perspective is that of a provider of private rented accommodation. There are occasions when the SA rents out vacant houses that are normally used to accommodate Salvation Army Officers (Christian ministers). Therefore, they see the need for tenancies that allow them to repossess a property at the appropriate time.

Published: May 2015

Consultation on a new PRS tenancy

The Salvation Army response is based on two perspectives – first as a provider of homeless services, including hostels (Lifehouses), drop-in centres, resettlement services and floating support, and as a provider of private rented accommodation. 

Published: January 2015

Housing (Scotland) Bill 2014

The Salvation Army Scotland is grateful for the opportunity to respond to this consultation. They do so from the perspective of a provider of homelessness services, which include hostels, resettlement services and floating support.

The majority of the service users that the Salvation Army help to resettle tend not to move into the private rented sector. However, there are some of service users referred to the Salvation Army who have become homeless from the private rented sector due to the poor condition of the property, poor landlords or the lack of appropriate support.

Therefore any new legislation to improve the private rented sector would help towards preventing homelessness, as well as providing a more meaningful move on option. They regard the designation of EEAs as a positive step where evidence exists that the issues are serious enough to make it is necessary.

Published: December 2014