Glasgow City Council knew about Serco refugee eviction plans ‘for months’

Plans by private housing provider Serco to evict hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow were known by senior managers at Glasgow City Council for months, according to reports.

Published 4 December 2018

Blog: Private Residential Tenancies – one year on, how has the new law changed renting in Scotland?

One year after private renters were given new rights, James Mullaney looks at what has improved and what still needs to be done.

Published 4 December 2018

Housing minister accepts amendment to limit stays in unsuitable temporary accommodation

The Scottish Government has pledged to bring forward legislation to restrict the use of unsuitable temporary accommodation for homeless people in the next programme for government.

Published 30 November 2018

Edinburgh short term lets appeals dismissed

Three appeals challenging a City of Edinburgh Council policy to take enforcement action when properties are being misused as short term lets have been dismissed by the Scottish Government.

Published 30 November 2018

Average rents increase in all but four areas across Scotland

The average rent for a two bedroom property rose in the past year in all but four areas across Scotland, according to the latest figures from the Scottish Government.

Published 28 November 2018

Renters urge Natwest to say ‘yes to DSS’

A coalition of renters unions across the country staged a demonstration against banking firm Natwest on Saturday over its “discriminatory” buy to let mortgages.

Published 26 November 2018

MSP uses landlord event to highlight issues in Scottish housing market

Graham Simpson MSP used his address at the Scottish Association of Landlords’ annual conference and exhibition to highlight issues in Scottish housing market.

Published 14 November 2018

Scottish landlords welcome political support for stronger enforcement

Scotland’s largest landlord membership organisation has welcomed broad political support for stronger enforcement of rules governing landlords and letting agents operating in the private rented sector to allow a better service for tenants.

Published 13 November 2018

Shelter Scotland produces ‘toolkit’ for private tenants

An online ‘toolkit’ for Scottish tenants on how to best navigate the rental system has been launched by Shelter Scotland, with funding from the SafeDeposits Scotland Trust.

Published 8 November 2018

More clarity required into introduction of rent pressure zones

The City of Edinburgh Council is to request that the Scottish Government conducts a review into the effectiveness of a rent pressure zone (RPZ) after a report found that the policy is not fit for purpose.

Published 6 November 2018

MSPs agree to greater regulation of short-term lets in Planning Bill

Landlords will be forced to acquire full planning permission to lease homes by the night on websites including Airbnb after changes to the Scottish Government’s Planning Bill were agreed by MSPs.

Published 26 October 2018

Land Value Capture measures added to Planning (Scotland) Bill

Scottish Greens have welcomed changes to the Scottish Government’s planning bill which they say will help tackle Scotland’s housing crisis by making land for housebuilding more affordable, however housebuilders have called the measures “premature”.

Published 25 October 2018

Fourth annual private landlord conference announced in Ayrshire

East Ayrshire Council has announced the fourth annual private landlord conference to be held on Saturday, 10 November at St Joseph's Academy in Kilmarnock.

Published 25 October 2018

Blog: How private renting can play a part in ending youth homelessness

Rock Trust property officer Tammy Reilly details a new Rent Deposit Scheme project which aims to help young people secure tenancies in the private sector.

Published 22 October 2018

Peterhead landlords to receive training after spike in rent arrears

Landlords in Peterhead can sign-up for free training into managing tenancy deposits and disputes following higher-than-average rent arrears claims.

Published 19 October 2018