Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act

Blog: Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act - all change for landlords and tenants

Major changes to the tenancy laws in Scotland will give more security to tenants, but also produce hazards for landlords, write Lucy Harington and Louise McAlister from the Commercial Dispute Resolution Team at TLT LLP.

Published 27 May 2016

Blog: A crucial step towards a secure future for Scotland’s private renters

Shelter Scotland policy officer, James Battye, reflects on last week’s passing of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill.

Published 23 March 2016

Rural landlords ‘likely to rethink letting’ following new tenancies bill

New legislation on private housing tenancies is likely to lead to a major rethink by landlords on continuing to let properties, Scottish Land & Estates has warned.

Published 21 March 2016

Private Tenancies Bill passed by Scottish Parliament

New legislation that will modernise the private rented sector (PRS) was passed last night by the Scottish Parliament.

Published 18 March 2016

SNP makes no fees pledge for new housing tribunals

Housing minister Margaret Burgess has announced that a re-elected SNP government will ensure that there is no cost to take a case before the new Housing and Property Tribunal.

Published 18 March 2016

Private tenancies bill set for Parliamentary debate

Legislation which will modernise the private rented sector (PRS) will enter Stage Three of the Parliamentary process this afternoon.

Published 17 March 2016

Rural sector appeals for new tenancy bill to safeguard housing for employees

Scottish Land & Estates and NFU Scotland have appealed to Scottish ministers to ensure that businesses have the ability to supply accommodation for employees in rural areas in forthcoming tenancy legislation.

Published 11 March 2016

Holyrood issues Private Tenancies Bill briefing note

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) has published a briefing note of the parliamentary scrutiny of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill.

Published 10 March 2016

RICS Scotland calls for initial tenancy period to be reinstated to Private Housing Bill

RICS Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to reconsider changes to the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill which will remove the initial period from the residential tenancy.

Published 10 March 2016

Blog: The Private Tenancies Bill: one step closer to a genuine housing market failure?

As the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill moves toward Stage 3 of scrutiny at the Scottish Parliament, PRS 4 Scotland is urging providers and businesses in the PRS to let their MSPs know what they think of the proposed legislation.

Published 26 February 2016

Blog: The private tenancies bill: one step closer to genuine security of tenure?

As the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill moves at a pace through the infrastructure and capital investment committee, James Battye, policy officer at Shelter Scotland, discusses how things will change for the 330,000 households renting from private landlords across Scotland.

Published 18 February 2016

Majority of Scots support points-based rent controls, Green survey reveals

The Scottish Green Party has stepped up its calls for action on the cost of renting a home as a new poll revealed most Scots support a points-based system of rent controls.

Published 17 February 2016

Tenancy bill amendments ‘will have negative effect’ on rural housing supply

New amendments to the Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill have the potential to create significant problems for the provision of rural homes, Scottish Land & Estates has said.

Published 12 February 2016

Private Tenancies Bill amendments ‘welcome, but not enough’, say campaigners

The Scottish Government has passed amendments to its Private Tenancies Bill to strengthen its proposed rent control laws, though campaigners have warned that ministers need to go further to ensure protections for vulnerable tenants are guaranteed under the new legislation.

Published 10 February 2016

Private Tenancies Bill will give PRS tenants ‘less security of tenure than under Thatcher’

The Scottish Government has been accused of failing Scotland’s private sector tenants with its response the Scottish Parliament’s infrastructure and capital investment committee report on the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill.

Published 5 February 2016