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

Private landlords urged to complete survey on impact of pandemic

A survey has been launched to address a data shortfall around the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on landlords and their operations.

Published 6 July 2021

John Lewis unveils plans to enter build to rent market

Retailer John Lewis is preparing to become a major private landlord after unveiling plans to build 10,000 new homes on land it owns across the UK.

Published 5 July 2021

Landlords reaffirm commitment to avoiding evictions

Private and social landlords have signed new joint statements reaffirming their commitment to only take eviction action as a last resort.

Published 28 June 2021

Launch of consultation on licensing order for short term lets

A consultation on the details of a licensing scheme for short term lets will take place over seven weeks this summer.

Published 28 June 2021

New private social letting agency launched by Aberdeen Cyrenians

Aberdeen Cyrenians has launched a new style of letting agency based on private social letting and the Housing First principles.

Published 25 June 2021

Scottish Greens call for greater role for tenants unions

The Scottish Government’s Private Rented Sector Resilience Group should include a role for tenant’s unions, the Scottish Greens have said.

Published 17 June 2021

New approaches help Edinburgh prevent more than 300 cases of homelessness

More than 300 households living in the private rented sector have been prevented from becoming homeless in just over a year thanks to the help of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Private Rented Service (PRS) Team.

Published 15 June 2021

Adriana Mihaela Soaita: The experiences of private tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic in Great Britain

In this blog, Adriana Mihaela Soaita from the University of Glasgow looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has augmented the importance of a good neighbourhood and a comfortable home to peoples’ health and wellbeing. They have also brought under the spotlight home’s vulnerabilities, which take a particular intensity in the private rental sector (PRS). It is thus timely and relevant to understand private tenants’ renting experiences during the pandemic, which I explored through the experiences of 60 respondents from Great Britain.

Published 3 June 2021

Landlord who instructed sheriff officers to serve notice to leave on tenants successfully appeals rejection of eviction application

A private landlord who served notice to leave on his tenants by instructing sheriffs’ officers to deliver the notice has succeeded in overturning a tribunal decision that he had not met the statutory definition of a Notice to Leave under the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016.

Published 27 May 2021

Legal Services Agency: Urgent reform is needed to the law of damages for unlawful eviction

Ben Christman, Rebecca Morton and Shaun McPhee from the Legal Services Agency outline what they believe to be the main issues regarding the poor enforcement of the law of unlawful evictions in Scotland and make recommendations to the Scottish Government.

Published 24 May 2021

Inverclyde landlord ordered to pay £1,500 for unlawful eviction of tenant using unfounded eviction ground

A former tenant of a property in Gourock, Inverclyde, has been awarded £1,500 by the First-tier Tribunal Housing and Property Chamber after it found she had been unlawfully evicted by her landlord, who claimed that his sister intended to live in the property.

Published 20 May 2021

Watkin Jones aims to increase delivery of affordable homes

Build-to-rent and student accommodation developer Watkin Jones is actively seeking sites to add to its recent acquisition of a development site in Edinburgh and is making "good progress" with the launch of an affordable homes pilot.

Published 18 May 2021