Private sector grant helps fund home improvements in Argyll and Bute

More vulnerable people have been able to remain independently in their homes throughout Argyll and Bute and much-needed improvements have been made to existing private housing stock, thanks to the council-managed Private Sector Housing Grant (PSHG).

Published 8 September 2021

SafeDeposits Scotland encourages self-resolution to save time and effort

More landlords and tenants are opting to solve disputes independently, saving them weeks of waiting and potential stress caused by lengthy formal processes, new figures from SafeDeposits Scotland have revealed. 

Published 7 September 2021

New project to explore tenants’ priorities for reforming of private rented sector

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), in partnership with the Scottish Government, has appointed a multi-disciplinary research team to deliver a new project exploring what people living on a low income want to see from further reform to the private rented sector in Scotland.

Published 3 September 2021

Edinburgh short-term lets consultation opens

The City of Edinburgh Council has launched a consultation seeking views on a proposal for Edinburgh to be short term let (STL) control area.

Published 3 September 2021

Propertymark raises PRS concerns with incoming minister Patrick Harvie

Property agent membership body Propertymark has issued a letter to Patrick Harvie following his appointment as minister for zero carbon buildings, active travel and tenants' rights to stress its concerns for the private rented sector (PRS) in Scotland.

Published 2 September 2021

Pre-eviction protocols among temporary coronavirus measures which could be made permanent

A public consultation has been launched as the Scottish Government considers keeping some temporary provisions made under Scottish and UK coronavirus legislation including pre-eviction protocols relating to rent arrears in the private rented sector.

Published 18 August 2021

Under One Roof launches second year of popular webinar programme for private landlords

Under One Roof, with generous support from the SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust, is again hosting a series of webinars in 2021-22 to give landlords and letting agents in Scotland interactive, free, and independent information they can use to address the issues faced in managing tenement flats.

Published 17 August 2021

Plans lodged for 685 sustainable homes for rent at Portcullis House

Watkin Jones Group has submitted a planning application for a new residential development on the site of Portcullis House at Charing Cross in Glasgow.

Published 12 August 2021

City of Edinburgh Council launches consultation on short term let controls

A consultation is set to begin next month following consideration of a report published by the City of Edinburgh Council outlining a draft proposal to designate the whole city as a short term let (STL) control area.

Published 6 August 2021

Malcolm Combe: Are landmark laws failing those tricked out of their homes by landlords?

Scotland introduced a new private sector residential letting vehicle, known as the private residential tenancy (PRT), when the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 came into force in December 2017.

Published 4 August 2021

Citizens Advice Scotland warns of impending crisis for private renters

New data has been published which highlights an increase of renters in the private sector who have been struggling to make ends meet throughout the pandemic, with concerns that this could lead to more rent arrears and even evictions after Covid-linked support is withdrawn.

Published 4 August 2021

Plans submitted for serviced apartments conversion in Glasgow city centre

Glasgow City Council has received plans to convert the floors of historic city centre buildings into a large serviced apartment complex.

Published 30 July 2021

Fiona McLeod: Update – revised property factors code of conduct

Fiona McLeod provides a brief overview of the changes introduced by the Scottish Government's revised code of conduct for property factors.

Published 22 July 2021

Second report launched into wellbeing in private rented sector

The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) will launch its latest report today which aims to increase understanding of how living in the private rented sector affects wellbeing.

Published 21 July 2021

Report: Health and Wellbeing in the private rented sector

The first of two papers looking at ‘Health and Wellbeing in the private rented sector’ has been published by the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) exploring the relationship between living in the private rented sector and subjective wellbeing.

Published 8 July 2021