Housing Information

| Advice and Information on Housing | Affordable Housing DevelopmentCare and RepairCrofting Schemes | Handy Person Scheme | Housing Stock | Lettings Areas | Other Registered Social Landlords | Registered Tenant Groups | Right to Buy | Special Needs Housing | Unauthorised Camping by Gypsy/Travellers |

Advice and Information on Housing

At all Highland Council Service Points, you can:

If you are a council tenant and have an emergency repair to report outside office hours which are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, you can phone the emergency housing number - 08457 002005.

Finding Housing: because we have many more households on the waiting lists than we are able to accommodate in council housing, we have developed A Guide to Housing Options, which gives information on the various ways of finding housing in Highland.

Homelessness: if you become homeless, please contact a housing officer to obtain advice and information.  You can ask at the Service Point above to be put in contact with a housing officer.  If you become homeless outside office hours, please phone the emergency housing number - 08457 002005 so that the standby officer can help you access emergency accommodation.

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Affordable Housing Development

Housing for rent and affordable home ownership under the shared equity initiative is being developed at Jubilee Road, Tain

Albyn Housing Society have developed new affordable housing at

Highland Housing Alliance is developing a "roads and services" project at Scotsburn Road, Tain.

The Highland Housing Alliance is also developing energy efficient homes at Kildary.

| More information on Affordable Housing |

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Care and Repair

The Care and Repair scheme offers free and confidential information and advice to older people and people with a disability who are homeowners or private tenants, to enable them to improve, repair or adapt their homes.

The Care and Repair agents for the Tain and Easter Ross ward are:

ILM Highland
Unit 1G
Teannich Industrial Estate
Alness
Ross-shire
IV17 0XS
Tel:  01349 884774;
e-mail:   rosscare@ilmhighland.co.uk

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Crofting Schemes

This ward is designated as a low priority area for crofting.

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Handy Person Scheme

The Handy Person Scheme has been established to assist elderly people and people with disabilities retain their independence by providing people to carry out a wide range of minor household repairs which are too small for a tradesperson and which are of a one-off kind. 

It is mainly aimed at owner occupiers, although with the landlord’s permission repairs can be carried out on rented properties.

In the Tain and Easter Ross Firth Ward, you can contact:

ILM Highland
Unit 1G
Teannich Industrial Estate
Alness
Ross-shire
IV17 0XS
Tel:  01349 884774;
e-mail:   rosscare@ilmhighland.co.uk

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Housing Stock

Look at the Ward Statistics page to obtain information on the total number of households and the number of council houses in the ward.

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Lettings Areas

The lettings areas in the Tain and Easter Ross ward are:

  • Balintore/Hilton
  • Milton
  • Seaboard Villages 
    • Geanies
    • Portmahomack
    • Inver
    • Fearn
    • Pitcalnie
  • Tain Jubilee Drive
  • Tain Mansfield
  • Tain Other

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Other Registered Social Landlords

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Registered Tenant Groups

There is 1 registered tenant group of Highland Council tenants  in the Tain and Easter Ross Ward. 

Balintore Residents Group - contact Mr Robert James, 34 Lochslin Place,  Balintore

If you are a council tenant and would like to form a group in your area, please contact your local housing office for information on how to go about this.

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Right to Buy

The Tain and Easter Ross Ward is covered by "Pressured Area Status".  This means that council tenants who started a new tenancy on or after 30 September 2002 have their right to buy suspended.  This will last whilst the ward continues to be a pressured area.

|  More information on the Right to Buy.

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Special Needs Housing 

In the Tain and Easter Ross Ward, the Council has a sheltered housing scheme in Harbour View, Balintore.

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Unauthorised Camping by Gypsy/Travellers

The Council respects the rights of Gypsy/Travellers to maintain their travelling way of life.  There are 4 sites in Highland, owned by the Council, which provide accommodation and related services for Gypsy/Travellers. We recognise that sometimes Gypsy/Travellers camp on other land.  We have developed a protocol in line with Scottish Government guidelines that we will follow when responding to unauthorised camping by Gypsy/Travellers.

Housing and Property staff will respond to unauthorised camping on council land in the Tain and Easter Ross Ward.