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Policy and Strategies

This page provides information about West Lothian Council's housing policy and strategies. It also provides links to supporting documents, research and guidelines.

Buying Back Former Council Houses - Open Market Acquisition Scheme (OMAS)

West Lothian Council's Open Market Acquisition Scheme (OMAS) was approved at Council Executive on 11 October 2016. The council can offer up to market value to purchase ex-council properties on the open market.

The property must be sold with vacant possession and each party will bare their own legal and valuation fees. A value for money assessment will be carried out and the Council will seek the best value price that does not exceed the Home Report valuation.

The property should not require more that £8,500 to be spent to bring it up to the Scottish Housing Quality Standard. In the first instance the Council will seek to purchase 1 or 2 bedroom properties unless there is a strategic reason for purchasing a larger property.

If you are selling an ex-council property in West Lothian and are interested in the council purchasing this property please complete this OMAS Enquiry form.

Local Housing Strategy

Each Council is required by law to produce a Local Housing Strategy (LHS). West Lothian Council's LHS  is a document which spans five years and outlines our plans for housing and housing related services across West Lothian. The document covers issues such as housing need and demand, homelessness and prevention, fuel poverty and energy efficiency.

West Lothian Council believe that both tenants and residents should have a say in our Local Housing Strategy. We asked what you thought of our current LHS and your views of how to improve it or what should be included in our future strategy. Consultation took place during the summer of 2016 online and via several drop-in sessions across West Lothian.

West Lothian Council's Local Housing Strategy was approved in October 2017 and can be found pdf icon here [1Mb].

Mixed Tenure Estates

West Lothian Council has reviewed their policy on Mixed Tenure Estates. Mixed Tenure estates are areas, streets or schemes where some homes have private residents and others are West Lothian Council tenants. For more information view the recent paper: pdf icon Mixed Tenure Estates [40kb]

Mortgage to Rent

West Lothian Council has also reviewed their policy on the Mortgage to Rent scheme. This "enables home owners to remain in their home, when faced with financial difficulties and repossession, by selling their home to a public sector landlord and becoming a tenant of that landlord". For more information view the following paper: pdf icon Mortgage to Rent [169kb].

Mortgage to Rent is a Scottish Government initiative. Follow this link for more information on this scheme.

General questions and suggestions can be sent to: 

Housing Strategy and Development Team, 
West Lothian Civic Centre, 
Howden Road South, 
West Lothian, 
EH54 6FF