Reasonable preference in Scottish social housing

Report divided into four chapters - the first chapter provides an overview of the research, briefly describes reasonable preference and the context in which it works.

The second chapter looks at the ways in which reasonable preference influenced the allocation strategies of social landlords.

The third chapter explores the findings on how the reasonable preference categories are integrated into allocation of housing by social landlords, drawing on the results of all elements of the fieldwork. It looks at how social landlords interpreted the different categories, how they use those categories in practice and the external factors that can influence the delivery of reasonable preference to these categories. The extent of data collection on each reasonable preference category within allocations and lettings systems is also briefly described.

The fourth chapter explores the various opinions gathered through the survey and fieldwork as to whether there is a case for revising or reforming the reasonable preference categories.

The final chapter presents the conclusions of the research.

Joanne Bretherton
Nicholas Pleace
Scottish Government Social Research