Get a LIFT onto the property ladder  

Do you want to own your own home but don’t think you can afford to buy it? Get up to 40% towards the price of a property with the Scottish Government’s LIFT Scheme

The Scottish Government’s LIFT Open Market Shared Equity scheme is open to:  

  • First-time buyers and the following priority target groups:
  • Social renters  
  • People with a disability who can demonstrate a housing need 
  • Members of the armed forces   
  • Veterans who have left the armed forces within the past two years  
  • Widows, widowers and other partners of service personnel who have lost their life while serving in the armed forces within the last two years   
  • People aged over 60 with a housing need are a priority group who do not need to take out a mortgage.  

Click here for more information and to apply.

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Furnished Tenancies Scheme

Moving into a new home can be expensive as well as exciting. To help those who may not have the basic items needed to set up a home, such as a bed, sofa, fridge and  carpets, we have a Furnished Tenancy Scheme to provide these items. Unfortunately, no single items can be provided as the scheme operates fixed packages with fixed weekly charges.

We only have a set number of furnished tenancies now, although, if successful, we may look to increase this number in the future. A Furnished Tenancy Package includes an additional Weekly Service Charge for the furniture, which may be covered by Housing Benefit or Universal Credit housing payments if you are on a low income. The Service charge is in addition to your Rent Charge for the property, and the charge is payable for the duration of the tenancy. At no point do the items supplied become your property.

If you are entitled to Housing Benefit o the Housing Element of Universal Credit, the charge may be fully covered, or part paid depending on your circumstances. You need to consider whether the extra charge is affordable to you.

How to apply for a furnished tenancy

You can find Furnished properties on the Angus HomeFinder website. You can see some photos of the first one below.

If you are registered and have an active application, you can bid for a furnished property on this site.

Who is responsible for looking after the furniture?

You are responsible for looking after the furniture. However, if furniture needs replacing through genuine wear and tear or faults occur, we will repair or replace it.

You must let Housing staff into your home to carry out yearly tests on electrical goods and inspect other goods provided through the furnished tenancies scheme.

Can I ever own the furniture?

No, the furniture always remains the property of the council.

Scottish Government Tenant Protection Act – Changes from 1 April 2023

The Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Act 2022 came into force in October 2022 and introduced extra protections for tenants. The Act temporarily:

  • restricts landlords from increasing the amount of rent they can charge private and social tenants, as well as for student accommodation
  • places certain restrictions on enforcement of evictions from residential tenancies
  • balances these restrictions with safeguards for those landlords who may be facing particular cost pressures or financial hardship

The Scottish Parliament has approved some important changes to the Act. From 1 April 2023:

  • the rent cap for certain private rented sector tenancies has increased from 0% to 3%
  • the restrictions on the enforcement of eviction orders remain in place
  • landlords who may be facing particular cost pressures or financial hardship can apply for approval to increase the rent from 3% to 6%

You can view more information on these changes here and here.

Important Information for Council Tenants with Total Heating Total Control (THTC) – Radio Teleswitch Switch Off

We have been advised by SSE/OVO that the Radio Teleswitch System (RTS) used by the BBC will be switched off in the near future. This RTS service is currently used by some electricity meters for functions such as switching between peak and off-peak times for heating and hot water. For anyone on the Total Heating Total Control tariff, this will end when the radio teleswitch system is switched off.

We have also been advised that SSE/OVO will contact everyone currently on this tariff to discuss replacing the meter and possibly changing the tariff. Unfortunately, this will also need a change to distribution boards so the heating system still works efficiently. This will need to be carried out by one of our electricians at the same time as the meter is changed. If this is not done, your heating and water may not work on the cheaper tariff.

Therefore, when you are contacted by SSE/OVO with a date to arrange for the meter to be exchanged, you must contact us so we can arrange for an Electrician to carry out the works to your distribution board.

Please contact us using the online enquiry form

If you cannot submit your enquiry online, please call ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778

New build mid-market rent properties available in Carnoustie

Sanctuary Housing Association has new build mid-market rent homes available at their site in Carnoustie.

Mid-Market rental properties have an affordable rent which is typically lower than a private rental but higher than rents for a council or housing association property.

To be eligible for these properties, applicants should be aged 16 years and above and have a minimum income of £20,000.

The allocation policy allows those applying through Mid-Market Rent to have one additional bedroom above their current housing need.

The properties are due for handover in May 23. If you are interested, or know someone who would be, then information on the properties and how to apply can be found on the Sanctuary Scotland website.

Angus Homefinder system issue

We are aware that several applicants are experiencing difficulty with the Angus Homefinder system when trying to log in. We have escalated this to the developers and will update when the issue is resolved.

If your enquiry is not urgent then please do not contact the ACCESSline, please wait to log in once the issue has been resolved.

If your enquiry is urgent please contact ACCESSline in the normal way.

We will post updates when they are available

Helping landlords prepare for updated repairing standards

The Scottish Government has published new Statutory Guidance for Landlords on the Repairing Standard. Landlords will have one year to prepare for these requirements which come into force on 1 March 2024.

From 1 March next year all private rented properties in Scotland will need to have central heating, a kitchen with adequate space and facilities to prepare and store food.

The guidance brings together both existing and new duties included in the Repairing Standard with which private landlords will be required to comply from 1 March next year.

New duties cover kitchens, heating systems, common parts, and fuel supplies.

The revised Repairing Standard will include a requirement to have safely accessible food storage and food preparation space in private rented houses. Scottish landlords will also be required to provide a fixed heating system in their properties.

The guidance also covers the action landlords must already take to prevent damp and mould.

Housing Secretary Shona Robison said:

“Landlords have one year to meet our updated Repairing Standard, which will improve the condition of private rented property, make homes safer and ensure consistency between the social and private rented sectors.

“The majority of private landlords will already be meeting these standards. The guidance published today will help landlords better understand their responsibilities and ensure those who do need to carry out works can do so in advance of the 1 March 2024 deadline.

“All rented homes are required to meet standards that ensure they are free from damp and mould, and this guidance will help us to ensure this happens in the private rented sector.”

View the Scottish Government Repairing Standard Guidance 

Council House Repairs – Major System Outage

We currently have a problem with our computer system where we record repairs. At the moment, ACCESSLine can only take Emergency repairs and tenants are asked to call back to report any other repairs when our system is up and running.

Everyone involved is working as hard as they can to fix this issue and we will post here as soon as the issue is resolved.

Thank you for your patience.