Second homes tax ‘weakening’ property market by driving landlords out

An estate agent has bemoaned tax changes for second homeowners for “driving landlords out” of the private rented sector and triggering a sell-off by investors.

Published 20 March 2018

Views sought on expanding landlord information and changing application fees

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on proposals for reviewing the current landlord registration fee structure and expanding the range of prescribed information applicants must provide to local authorities.

Published 16 March 2018

Blog: Fighting discriminatory letting agents with the Equality Act

Frank Jarvis summarises some recent cases where the Equality Act was deployed against letting agents discriminating against prospective tenants.

Published 16 March 2018

Plans approved for 433-home build to rent development at former Glasgow police HQ

Private rented housing developer Moda has secured planning permission to transform the old Strathclyde Police headquarters in Glasgow into a ‘build-to-rent neighbourhood’.

Published 14 March 2018

Labour would boost council housebuilding and enforce ‘fair rents’ – Richard Leonard

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has pledged to bring forward legislation at Holyrood to further reform the private rented sector and build more new council homes.

Published 12 March 2018

Places for People asset management business to launch £550m build-to-rent fund

A fund management arm set up by Places for People has set up a £550 million fund to target opportunities in the build-to-rent (BTR) sector across the UK.

Published 9 March 2018

Scottish private rent costs soar in January ‘in anticipation of rent controls’

Almost half (44%) of Scottish private tenants saw their rent costs rise in January, a considerable contrast to the national average of 19%, according to new figures.

Published 1 March 2018

Landlords urged to ditch 'no DSS' policies after successful discrimination claim

Letting agents and landlords have been urged to drop blanket bans on housing benefit claimants after a single mother successfully argued that a lettings agency discriminated against her.

Published 26 February 2018

Dundee's first Build to Rent development secures green light

The conversion of a former Dundee college building into Build to Rent and Serviced Apartments can begin in earnest after the VOX Dundee project was awarded planning consent by councillors.

Published 20 February 2018

Greens publish legislation options to help councils tackle problem of short term lets

The introduction of a licensing scheme for homeowners who want to rent out their properties through websites like AirBnB is one of a number of legislative proposals available to help councils regulate the rapid growth of the short-term letting sector, according to the Scottish Greens.

Published 12 February 2018

Blog: Tenants and landlords benefit from new regulations

A new statutory Code of Practice for letting agents has come into force, which will improve standards and empower tenants, says Kevin Stewart, minister for local government and housing.

Published 2 February 2018

New letting agent code of practice goes live in Scotland

A new statutory Code of Practice for letting agents, which aims to improve standards and empower tenants, has come into force.

Published 31 January 2018

Website for private tenants and landlords upgraded and relaunched

A free online resource giving tenants and landlords a comprehensive guide to private renting in Scotland was officially relaunched yesterday following a total overhaul.

Published 31 January 2018

Hunt for missing tenant deposits takes to streets of Edinburgh

Private tenants who think they might be owed money can check what they’re due at Scotland’s first ever ‘deposit clinic’ this weekend after it was revealed that more than £200,000 worth of deposits have been left unclaimed by Edinburgh tenants.

Published 25 January 2018