FoES and ACE are fully supportive of the work of the Housing Improvement Task Force.  The ‘issues’ paper is a very comprehensive document and we only have a few specific comments to make.  The only cautionary note we would add is the importance of the HITF keeping to its remit.  FoES and ACE are slightly concerned that the task force has, for example, shifted emphasis away from what impact seller surveys would have and how to provide better information to house buyers, towards the intricate workings of the housing market in Scotland.  It is crucial that, when producing solutions, the task force promotes the best measures for housing improvement and not only those which they believe the housing market will adopt easily.

Issues in Improving Quality in Private Housing