The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 introduces the right to participate for tenants. Part of this legislation is the requirement that all local authorities and other social landlords introduce a system for setting up and maintaining a register of tenant organisations.
Tenant groups need to apply to become registered and must meet certain criteria to qualify. The criteria for registration have been set out by the Scottish Government and cover a number of points.
Groups who do become RTOs are entitled to certain rights, and the landlord has a duty to inform and consult with them on housing matters.
A RTO is a group who has applied to become registered with a landlord and meets certain conditions which have been set down in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001.
A group must apply in writing to become registered. To help you, Clackmannanshire Council has an application form which asks you for all the necessary information. Part of this application includes the need to send us certain information.
All groups wanting to become registered must send
There is a range of criteria you have to meet.
If you meet the registration criteria, we will place you on the register and let you know in writing that you have qualified and from what date.
If you don't meet the registration criteria, we will tell you in writing of our decision not to place you on the register, the reasons why you don't meet the criteria and your right of appeal to Scottish Ministers.
If you don't register we will still keep your details on file and include you in any consultation that we do. However you will not be classed as a RTO and you will not have the statutory rights of a RTO.
As a RTO, you will have a recognised role in the participation process.
You will have the right to be consulted on issues affecting you.
You will also have the right to have your opinions taken into account in any consultation.
We can provide a model constitution that helps meet the registration criteria. We can also offer advice and training on the registration process.
If you need help or advice on equal opportunities policies, we can supply this.
We will also have support staff that can work with your group, and we can provide access to independent help and advice.
We also have an information pack on tenant and residents groups in general.
We are required by law to make the register publicly available. The Register must include contact details for groups, however if you prefer, you can use a post office box or 'care of' address. The register will be available at housing offices and on this site.
A group can be removed from the Register if it no longer meets the registration criteria.
A group can also ask to be removed from the Register and it must apply in writing to do this.
If a group ceases to exist it will also be removed.
You have the right to appeal if you are refused registration. You also have the right to appeal against any decision to remove you from the Register or if we refuse to remove you on your request.
You can register with any social landlord who has housing stock in the area you cover.
Registration will last for 3 years. After this period, groups will have to reapply.
Clackmannanshire Tenants & Residents Federation
Units 6 & 7, Alloa Business Centre, Whins Road, Alloa, FK10 3SA
(Contact: Mrs H Forrest, Secretary)
Tel: 01259 725757
Gaberston Residents Association
(Contact: Mrs E White, Secretary)
Sauchie Community Group
(Contact: Mrs M Mitchell, Secretary)
For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact us using the details below.
Tenant Participation Co-ordinator, Housing
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 452404 / 450000