Are You 16-24, Unemployed or Leaving School in Angus? – START YOUR JOURNEY in Forfar on 25 September

If you are 16-24 years old, and unemployed or leaving school or college, Skills Development Scotland is running an event for you at Montrose Road Centre in Forfar on 25th September, 1pm-3pm


For more details see the Skills Development Scotland Facebook and poster .

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National Recognition for Academy Court in the MJ Achievement Awards 2018

Our Academy Court project has been commended in the Best Social Housing Initiative category in the MJ Achievement Awards announced at a national event in London.
MJ award Academy Court

The Awards have been held every year since 2004, rewarding many officers, managers teams and councils. The MJ Awards ceremony is one of the major events within the public sector calendar.

The MJ is an intelligence and news resource for anyone who needs to know about UK local authorities.

Thinking of Moving Home? Find Out About Your Options First!

There are many options when you’re searching for a new home.

Our housing options wizard is an online tool to help you to find out all the housing options that are available for you.

Housing Options Wizzard

The wizard asks you a series of questions, then gives you a list of the housing options which best suit your needs. It takes between 10 and 15 minutes to complete.

If social housing is one of your options, you can make an application.

For more information see our website.

Suicide awareness events in Angus

World Suicide Prevention Day is held annually on September 10. The initiative started in 2003 and its main aims are to

  • raise awareness that suicide is preventable,
  • improve education about suicide,
  • spread information about suicide awareness and
  • decrease stigmatization of suicide.

Events and activities in for World Suicide Prevention Day in Angus include:

  •  Wellbeing event in Montrose

Wellbeing event


  • Suicide Alertness For Everyone Training (safeTALK)

Thursday 13 September 2018, 1pm-5pm           Venue: Room A, Bruce House, Arbroath

This training is open to everyone who lives or works in Angus and is an introductory course for anyone interested in learning to be suicide-aware.

For more details see:

safeTALK training

safeTALK Registration Form


SuicideHelp provides information on how to help someone, who to contact and how to create a safety plan. This also can be downloaded as an app for iPhone, Android and Windows devices.

New energy efficiency standards for the Private Rented Sector


energy eff video

Following a consultation the Scottish Government has announced that minimum energy efficiency standards within the private rented sector will be introduced, coming into force from April 2020.

Private rented properties will need to achieve at least EPC band E at change in tenancy from 1 April 2020, and in all properties by 31 March 2022.

In addition, properties will need to achieve at least EPC band D at change in tenancy from 1 April 2022, and in all properties by 31 March 2025.

For more information on support for energy exceptions in the Private Rented Sector please visit Energy Saving Trust website

The Energy Saving Trust has also developed an animated video setting out the new requirements.

Energy Efficiency standards are part of the Scottish Government’s ‘Energy Efficiency Scotland programme – you can find more information on this at: Scottish Government website

Scottish Housing Day 2018

Scottish Housing Day

This year’s official Scottish Housing Day will take place on Wednesday September 19.

2018 is the Year of Young People so Scottish Housing Day and will focus on supporting young people and looking at young people’s housing options in Scotland.

This will be third annual Scottish Housing Day when landlords and tenants will be celebrating at various events up and down the country and posting activity on social media.

Watch our housing blog for updates on Scottish Housing Day’s events and activities in Angus.




Ministerial visit to Academy Court in Forfar

The Scottish Government Minister for local government, housing and planning, Kevin Stewart visited the former Chapelpark School, now transformed into modern council houses, and now known as Academy Court.

The minister met with Academy Court tenants, elected members and officers who gave a tour of the redeveloped B-listed buildings.


Housing spokesperson Cllr Craig Fotheringham said:

I am delighted to host this visit to the new Academy Court so that the Minister can see the transformation first-hand. There has been a fantastic response to these new homes, with over 700 people coming along to the Open Day in July. These are modern homes with a number of innovative and exciting technologies, which, coupled with the history of the buildings, have made these homes attractive to our tenants. I’m positive that this enthusiasm will be retained and future generations will also be proud to call Academy Court ‘home’.





Private Landlord and Letting Agent Update

Fire Safety in the Private Sector

The Scottish Government recently issued information about changes to legislation which will affect private sector properties. This explains what every house in Scotland will require by way of fire and smoke detection within the next 2 years.

Landlord Accreditation Scotland – Training Courses

The next LAS training course -‘Tenancy Agreements & Notices’ is taking place on 26 September 2018 in Arbroath. Please click here for more detail and to book your place on the training session

Please keep checking the blog for housing and landlord updates