Students urged to reclaim 188 forgotten tenancy deposits

It’s easy for students to forget about reclaiming deposits from rented accommodation, but research by SafeDeposits Scotland shows that students at some universities are more forgetful than others.

Published 17 May 2017

Fife private landlord receives Scotland's first ever ‘Disqualification Order’

A private landlord in Fife has been become the first to be disqualified by a Scottish court.

Published 8 May 2017

Greens call for regulation to halt rise of holiday lets in Edinburgh city centre

Around half of the homes in Edinburgh city centre will be holidays lets by 2050 if current trends continue, the Scottish Green Party has suggested.

Published 8 May 2017

Blog: Calling all private tenants: We need you for a new Private Tenant Panel in Scotland

Ever felt like you’re spending too much money keeping your home warm? Celebrated a win at reclaiming your deposit? Had a rant about your landlord? Looked for advice on your rights as a tenant? Struggled with a rent rise? Criticised the dispute resolution process? Praised your letting agent for a quick and efficient repairs service?

Published 3 May 2017

Innovative scheme recruits letting agents to help renters

Private renters who are struggling with money worries, health or other tenancy sustainment issues are to be given greater access to advice and support to keep their homes as part of an innovative pilot project being launched in the central belt.

Published 28 April 2017

Ministers to investigate sex for rent adverts

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was “horrified” to read reports of landlords offering rent-free accommodation in return for sex and has moved to reassure tenants that action was being taken.

Published 24 April 2017

Call for action to prevent landlords’ exploitative adverts

An MP is demanding advertisers and websites take action to prevent private landlords in Scotland targeting vulnerable women by offering free rent in return for sex.

Published 19 April 2017

Campaign to encourage landlords to ensure repairs meet required standards

Scotland’s largest landlord membership organisation has urged landlords across the country to ensure all repairs or upgrades meet required standards and are carried out by accredited professionals, whilst also calling for more to be done to enforce those standards to ensure properties are safe for tenants.

Published 18 April 2017

‘Vast majority’ of Dundee’s private homes would fail to meet new government standards

Angus Housing Association director, Bruce Forbes, has likened some properties in Dundee to slums and claimed many homes will not meet new Scottish Government standards.

Published 12 April 2017

Edinburgh tenant ‘forgets’ to collect £5,250 deposit

Staff at tenancy deposit scheme SafeDeposits Scotland have tracked down their biggest ever ‘missing’ tenant, who took more than a year to claim back a deposit of £5,250.

Published 11 April 2017

Consultation on improving energy efficiency and condition standards in Scotland’s PRS

New proposals to ensure all privately rented homes in Scotland meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency have been published today for consultation.

Published 7 April 2017

Report reveals short-term let problems facing Edinburgh

A report detailing the scale of the problem with “short-term lets” in Scotland’s capital has been published by a Green MSP.

Published 7 April 2017

Private Rented Sector Champion appointed as Stewart Milne Homes MD

Housing specialist Gerry More has been appointed as managing director of Stewart Milne Homes to drive growth in the central belt.

Published 27 March 2017

Child sex abuser among four Govanhill landlords banned from renting homes

A convicted child sex offender who tried to apply for a landlord's permit from behind bars is among four men to be banned from renting homes by Glasgow City Council.

Published 22 March 2017

Blog: Letting Agent Plus: helping letting agents support private tenants to sustain their tenancies

With 14% of all households in Scotland now calling the private rented sector home compared with just 5% back in 1999, more people than ever are looking to the private rented sector for long-term housing solutions either through choice or necessity. This growth has led to a more diverse tenant base and, for a variety of reasons, many more private tenants now require extra ongoing or occasional support to access and sustain private tenancies.

Published 21 March 2017