What are Registered Social Landords?
Registered Social Landlords provide quality affordable housing for those in housing
need. Housing Associations, Housing Co-operatives and Local Housing Companies all
fall under the term Registered Social Landlords and are commonly referred
to as R.S.L's
R.S.L's are non-profit making friendly societies, run by professional staff, but
controlled by voluntary management committees.
Communities Scotland, the government's national housing agency, award housing associations
grants towards the costs of building homes for rent or shared ownership.
For many years Government policy has seen funds for providing new social rented
housing channelled through Registered Social Landlords rather than to provide new
Therefore, it is important to recognise that nowadays housing associations and
R.S.L's are the main providers of new and affordable housing opportunities for local
people in housing need.
Registered Social Landlords in South Ayrshire
There are around 200 R.S.L's in Scotland, registered with Scottish Homes. In South
Ayrshire, there are 2 local and 6 national and regional R.S.L's who have stock in
The eight R.S.L's, which operate within South Ayrshire, provide a variety of accommodation
types for different client groups. They play a major role to play in achieving the
council's targets for dealing with care in the community, community regeneration,
homelessness and improving the quality of housing.
Their names, addresses and contact numbers are listed at in the table below, individual
R.S.L profiles are given in the next section.
Each R.S.L has their own individual allocations' policy and points systems although
most are based on some kind of needs assessment. They also provide varying types
of accommodation from mainstream housing to amenity & sheltered housing.
Rent charges and service charges in R.S.L's also vary, an indication of how much
you might expect to pay is given in each individual R.S.L profile in the relevant
sections. If you are on a low income, you can apply for Housing Benefit to help
towards the cost of your rent. See
Housing Benefit & Council Tax Benefit for further information on housing
Area Address Office
(ex. Carrick Housing Ass. & South Ayrshire Homes)
119 Main Street,
01292 880 120
Blue Triangle (Glasgow) Housing Association
36 Chalmers St,
Ayr. KA7 1EA
Hanover Housing Association
5 Newton Place,
0141 353 1353
Abbeymill Business Centre,
Mile End Mill,
12 Seedhill Rd,
Tel: 0141 840 6380
Fax: 0141 840 6381
Blackwood Housing Association
The Pentagon Centre,
0141 204 2706
Watermark Business Park
345 Govan Road
Tel 0141 227 1994
Fax 0141 427 6479
of Scotland Housing Association
01563 573 636
R.S.L Tenancy Agreements
As a result of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 a single social tenancy has been
introduced for council tenants and RSL tenants. This replaces the assured and secure
tenancy agreements formerly used by RSLs.
This new single social tenancy is known as The Scottish Secure Tenancy (S.S.T) and
is aimed at giving tenants in all forms of social housing similar tenancy conditions.
Nomination Agreements with the Council
Most councils and R.S.L's have nomination agreements to refer applicants on the
council's waiting lists to the R.S.L's when vacancies arise.
Most agreements are that the council are allowed to nominate people from their lists
for 50% of R.S.L vacancies.
However, this arrangement only gives the council the right to suggest names of applicants
to R.S.L's, It is up to the R.S.L to decide who the property is actually allocated
to. South Ayrshire Council has nomination agreements with all eight R.S.L's operating
in South Ayrshire.
If you are on the council waiting list you will automatically be nominated, unless
you specifically express not to be.