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PE01756: Review current housing legislation to protect people experiencing domestic or elder abuse

Housing Planning

Petitioner: James Mackie


Date Lodged: 23 October 2019

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review current housing legislation in circumstances where a non-tenant has been responsible for domestic or elder abuse. 


  • Should tenants have the right to ask partners or other family members to leave a property when there has been a history of domestic or elder abuse?





Perpetrators of domestic abuse should forfeit their right to a shared tenancy and be evicted from the property, leaving the woman and children if any to enjoy the tenancy in their own right.

Morag Frame

12:16 on 03 Oct 2019

The recently introduced Domestic Abuse legislation is increasing the severity of this problem. Audit Scotland report an increase in numbers of individuals being detained and creating a shortage of custody places. People are being apprehended and detained with little or no evidence and then days later released on the orders of the Procurator Fiscal with no charges being proceeded on. In many cases children are taken into care. Once a parent has been apprehended and where no further proceedings are taken against them, social workers hold this as proof that there ahs been domestic abuse. One police officer told me that the outcome is totally irrelevant. It is the original complaint that must be the key decision marker.

James A Mackie

10:13 on 03 Oct 2019

I agree with the wording of this legislation..

Audrey Watt

17:29 on 12 Sep 2019

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