PRS



Management executive completes buyout of Glasgow lettings firm

Glasgow-based Newton Property Management has sold its lettings business to one of its senior executives.

Published 24 April 2019

Government consults on adding contract and transient workers categories to HMO definition

The Scottish Government has published a consultation on adding new categories to the definition of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

Published 18 April 2019

Unions call for ‘urgent action’ on accessible housing and winter evictions ban

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has demanded “urgent action” from local authorities to tackle the shortage in accessible housing and has also joined a campaign to ban winter evictions.

Published 17 April 2019

Case report: Asylum seekers’ legal challenge to housing provider’s ‘unlawful’ lock-changing protocol fails

After the case to prevent failed asylum seekers being evicted without a court order was dismissed by the Court of Session, our sister publication Scottish Legal News takes a considered look at the judgment.

Published 17 April 2019

Serco lock-change challenge dismissed by Court of Session

Campaigners have raised fears over a fresh wave of asylum seeker evictions after a legal bid to prevent failed asylum seekers being evicted without a court order was dismissed by Scotland’s highest court.

Published 15 April 2019

David Alexander: England to follow Scotland’s lead on ‘no fault’ evictions

The announcement by the UK Government that they will end no fault evictions is welcome news and long overdue and follows the path that already exists in Scotland, writes David Alexander.

Published 15 April 2019

Number of children in PRS living in severe poverty doubles in a decade

Scottish Labour has condemned a lack of affordable homes and “rip-off” private rents it said are driving more families into poverty.

Published 11 April 2019

Poll reveals ‘overwhelming support’ for rent controls across Scotland

Campaigners are calling on the Scottish Government to support major changes to prevent tenants being “forced into poverty by sky-high rents” after a survey pointed towards huge public support for the action.

Published 11 April 2019

New CIH study: Regulate short-term lets or risk displacement of long-term residents

The rapid growth of short-term lets such as Airbnb has been a boon to tourists and landlords, yet it could lead to the misappropriation of housing stock and displacement of long-term residents from their communities if left unregulated, new analysis from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has revealed.

Published 4 April 2019

Savills launches Edinburgh lettings business

Savills has launched a new Residential Lettings service in Edinburgh.

Published 4 April 2019

Inverclyde deposit guarantee scheme to help homeless secure PRS homes

Inverclyde Council has launched a new scheme to guarantee the deposit on a privately rented property for homeless people, people at risk of becoming homeless and people on low incomes.

Published 28 March 2019

Studies to explore plans for Edinburgh’s homeless to share tenancies or rent rooms in PRS

Matching people who are living in bed and breakfast accommodation to share a tenancy or supporting them into renting a room in private homes are options to be explored by the City of Edinburgh Council.

Published 25 March 2019

Council issues CPO on Glasgow tenement block owned by slum landlords

Glasgow City Council is to force through a sale of a Govanhill tenement block after its landlords failed to keep the property in an acceptable condition.

Published 22 March 2019

Call for housing element of Universal Credit to be paid to landlords for all claimants

Scotland’s largest membership organisation for landlords in the private rented sector has asked the UK and Scottish Governments to ensure the housing element of Universal Credit is paid directly to private and social landlords for all Scottish claimants.

Published 22 March 2019

New app launched to report PRS repairs

A property repair and maintenance reporting system to help residential tenants and landlords has been launched by Scottish Land & Estates (SLE).

Published 22 March 2019