PRS



Charitable organisations welcome report into private rented sector enforcement and regulation

A new report on compliance in the private rented sector produced by the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) has been welcomed by the TDS Charitable Foundation and SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust.

Published 6 August 2020

Private landlords offered joint membership with new NRLA and SAL partnership

Landlords who let properties in England, Wales and Scotland can now have joint membership of associations north and south of the border under a new partnership.

Published 4 August 2020

Private landlords sought to inform PhD research into behaviours and management practices

A PhD researcher at the University of Glasgow is undertaking research to better understand the investment behaviours of private rental sector (PRS) landlords, with a view to creating best practice guidance to support the sector.

Published 24 July 2020

West Lothian Council seeking private sector landlords

West Lothian Council is looking to procure a mix of private let properties which are available to let.

Published 23 July 2020

England: ‘No DSS’ letting policy found to be unlawful in ‘momentous ruling’

Blanket bans on renting properties to people on housing benefit are unlawful and discriminatory, a judge in England has ruled.

Published 14 July 2020

Greens reiterate concerns over ‘unlawful’ commercial holiday lets in Edinburgh

Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman has uncovered more evidence that suggests that a vast majority of commercial short-term holiday lets in Edinburgh are operating unlawfully.

Published 10 July 2020

Scottish Labour launches petition to ‘save Bill to protect renters’

A petition has been launched calling on the Scottish Government to formally adopt the Fair Rents (Scotland) Members Bill after the proposed legislation was dropped by the Scottish Parliament’s local government committee.

Published 7 July 2020

Letting Agent Code of Practice: New study reveals subjective approach to compensation

A recent study conducted on behalf of the Legal Services Agency seeks to examine the valuation of compensation awards in the two years following the introduction of the Letting Agent Code of Practice. LSA volunteers and Glasgow School of Law graduates Alice Dalkin, Caitlin Perring and Marianne Wilson detail its findings.

Published 2 July 2020

Holyrood committee drops rent controls bill

A bill to control rent levels is unlikely to be debated in Holyrood after the Local Government Committee decided there was not enough time to scrutinise it.

Published 1 July 2020

Highland Council reaches out to accommodation providers to help tackle COVID-19 homelessness

The Highland Council is inviting private landlords and providers of short-term lets, including Airbnb hosts, who may be interested in leasing their property to the council to get in touch in an effort to tackle homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic. Housing staff are interested in speaking to landlords and owners who have a self-contained property, without

Published 23 June 2020

Landlords outline concerns over energy efficiency improvement works backlog

Landlords of private rented homes and their agents are urging the Scottish Government to consider the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on Scotland’s ongoing efforts to improve the energy efficiency of Scotland’s private rented homes.

Published 11 June 2020

Edinburgh tackles homelessness and empty homes with Private Sector Leasing scheme

Private landlords and other property owners left with empty homes in Edinburgh due to coronavirus are being encouraged to help local people and families in critical housing need through a new scheme which aims to provide a better alternative to other forms of temporary homeless accommodation.

Published 18 May 2020

Callum Chomczuk and John Blackwood: Why landlord loans need to be extended

CIH Scotland national director Callum Chomczuk and John Blackwood, chief executive of the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL), argue that further support is required for private landlords, who have a significant role to play in the housing sector’s response to coronavirus.

Published 18 May 2020

More than half of landlords ‘not interested’ in Scottish Government's interest-free loan

A survey of landlords in Scotland has suggested that 52.9% will not consider applying for the Scottish Government's interest-free loan.

Published 7 May 2020

PRS landlords offered interest-free loans to cover lost rent with £5m fund

A £5 million fund will offer interest-free loans to landlords whose tenants are having difficulty paying rent during the coronavirus crisis.

Published 6 May 2020