Low demand is still an emerging issue in Scotland with many housing providers becoming more aware of both the extent of their low demand stock and stock that is at risk of becoming low demand. The report provides information on identifying the features that can lead to low demand housing and offers some practical information through a look at the main responses used to tackle low demand. The main purpose of the report is to both help housing providers address the issues and to ensure that low demand housing features in regeneration proposals and programmes.
'This report is timely as the Scottish Executive has recently embarked on a consultation exercise on whether Scotland could benefit from urban regeneration companies. It is also considering linking specific regeneration funding to stock transfer through a Community Ownership Programme. Previous research in Scotland has identified that all local authorities and over 50% of RSLs are managing an element of low demand stock. Our report makes it clear that many of the causes of low demand are outwith the direct control of landlords, resulting from economic, population and social change. It is therefore important that a key element of regeneration programmes in Scotland must include a focus on dealing with low demand housing issues.'
* The report is funded by the Scottish Executive and can be downloaded here