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Question reference: S5W-32616

  • Asked by: Angus MacDonald, MSP for Falkirk East, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: 16 October 2020
  • Current status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 30 October 2020


To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has for an awareness campaign on the implementation of changes to the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 to ensure that homeowners, landlords, and those responsible for complying with the new regulations are aware of their responsibilities before 1 February 2021.


In light of the challenges caused by COVID-19, I intend to bring forward regulations shortly which, subject to Parliamentary approval, will amend the commencement date for new minimum standards to 1 February 2022, allowing more time for the work required to meet the standards and to raise awareness.

We will continue to work with partners including the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to spread awareness of the work needed to meet the new safety standards for fire and carbon monoxide detectors before the new deadline – if it is agreed by parliament - and ensure timely, effective publicity takes place to ensure high levels of awareness and understanding.