Sixth of tenants describe farm housing as poor

Just over half of tenants said their housing was acceptable and a third said it was very good or excellent, although landlords perceived only 3% of occupied houses to be poor and none to be very poor, and reported half of all housing very good or excellent. The cost of bringing the country’s agricultural tenancy housing up to standard has been estimated to be around £146 million, but at the moment farmhouses are not covered by housing legislation.

However the Scottish Government plans to take steps to ensure they meet the basic standard for living accommodation by 2022, and by 2027 they will have to meet the higher standard demanded in the private rented sector.

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