Average PRS rents reach new record high

The average private rented sector (PRS) rents in Scotland’s cities increased by 1.5% to reach a record high of £789 per month in the second quarter of 2017 as demand from tenants continued to exceed supply, according to new figures.

Published 17 July 2017

Blog: 7 things the Crown can buy with your unclaimed deposits

It’s always a huge relief when your tenancy deposit comes back, even if you’re sure you left everything spick and span when you moved out! After the deposit is released by the protection scheme it’s registered with, you can claim it. But what if you’re one of the thousands of tenants who don’t? What happens to all that money? Shelter Scotland’s Jocasta Mann has the answer.

Published 23 June 2017

Queen’s Speech: Plan to bring English letting fees in line with Scotland

A move to introduce a Scottish-style ban on letting agent fees in England was included in the Queen’s Speech yesterday.

Published 22 June 2017

Funding boost to revamp website for private tenants and landlords

A free online resource which offers tenants and landlords a comprehensive guide to private renting in Scotland is to be given a total overhaul after a funding award of £43,500 from SafeDeposits Scotland Trust.

Published 16 June 2017

Pioneering Weslo PRS tenant participation group get together again

Weslo Property Management tenants got together last week for their second tenant participation group meeting.

Published 12 June 2017

Number of pensioners renting privately ‘at record high’

The increase in pensioner bachelor pads as divorce rates among older couples become more regular has seen the number of pensioners in private rental properties across the UK reach record levels, according to a lettings index.

Published 12 June 2017

Rents in Scotland rose 6% last year

Private rent levels in Scotland were up 6% in the year to May 2017, with the typical rental property letting for £574 a month, according to the latest buy-to-let index from Your Move Scotland.

Published 9 June 2017

Blog: Funders should take action before the government does

In a new opinion piece for CIH Scotland, Mike Bruce, chief executive of Weslo Housing Management reflects on borrowing conditions in the Buy to Let market and its place in an ever growing private rented sector.

Published 8 June 2017

Blog: Encouraging signs for PRS schemes in Scotland

Grant Thornton’s James Andersen on the need to tackle Scotland’s housing crisis and the role that the Private Rented Sector (PRS) can play in this.

Published 7 June 2017

Photo exhibition to showcase the view from privately rented Scotland

An exhibition of photographs depicting powerful, profound and light-hearted views of what it’s like to rent privately in Scotland arrives in Aberdeen today.

Published 2 June 2017

Living Rent action halts eviction of Glasgow single mum

Tenants’ union Living Rent has secured a new home for single mum Amanda Gallagher who was facing imminent eviction from her and her son’s family home.

Published 1 June 2017

Blog: Rent controls, conditions and energy efficiency in the private rented sector: if you’re a private tenant, have your say now

Lisa Glass, a policy officer at Shelter Scotland, urges tenants to have their say on issues affecting the private rented sector.

Published 29 May 2017

Blog: Will Scottish tenancy reform damage HMO?

By Rob Trotter, associate director of DJ Alexander Property Managers

Published 26 May 2017

Ombudsman condemns council’s failure to notify landlord of housing benefit delay

The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) has criticised the City of Edinburgh Council over its failure to notify a landlord that his tenant’s housing benefit would not be paid.

Published 25 May 2017

First letting agents graduate from new training course

The first letting agents to have completed a new training course designed to improve services for tenants and landlords have been celebrated at the largest annual gathering of the sector.

Published 22 May 2017