Blog: Putting it into practice: how to raise standards across Scotland’s private rented sector

By James Battye, policy officer with Shelter Scotland

Published 3 October 2016

Rents in Scottish PRS unchanged in 12 months, says ONS

The cost of renting privately in Scotland has remained unchanged over the last year, according to the latest release from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Published 30 September 2016

Blog: Property managers advised to be code-compliant ahead of January 2018

Daryl McIntosh advises property managers to be well-prepared ahead of the introduction of new rules next year.

Published 30 September 2016

Continued growth in PRS indicative of ‘dysfunctional’ housing supply

Statistics showing that the Scottish private rented sector has almost tripled since Holyrood was established show how “dysfunctional” the country’s housing supply has become, according to the Scottish Greens housing spokesperson.

Published 28 September 2016

Number of Scottish households jumps 11 per cent in 16 years as PRS grows threefold

The total number of households in Scotland now stands at 2.43 million and the private rented sector now accounts for 14 per cent of all tenures, the latest Scottish Household Survey has revealed.

Published 27 September 2016

Public back landlords’ campaign for better enforcement of PRS laws

An overwhelming majority of Scottish people believe councils should do more to enforce laws which protect the safety of tenants in the Private Rented Sector (PRS), supporting a growing campaign by Scottish landlords who believe enforcement is critical to driving rogue players out of the market.

Published 26 September 2016

Tenants move in to Aberdeen’s first PRS development

The first tenants of a new Aberdeen community built specifically for the rental market have moved in.

Published 26 September 2016

Charity calls for UK-wide ban on letting fees for tenants

Citizens Advice is calling for the rest of the UK to follow Scotland’s lead and ban letting agents from charging fees to tenants.

Published 20 September 2016

One in five landlords ‘too embarrassed’ to admit what they do

A survey of residential property investors has found that one in five are often too embarrassed to admit they are landlords.

Published 16 September 2016

Scottish private renters are ‘happier’ than those in England and Wales

Scotland’s rental culture is happier, friendlier and more settled than that south of the Border though it is still under threat from rental increases, according to new research.

Published 15 September 2016

Conference to shine spotlight on better standards for Scotland’s 700,000 private renters

The impact of new and existing laws on private renting in Scotland and the best ways of implementing them is the main theme of a high-level conference taking place in Edinburgh today.

Published 14 September 2016

Blog: Meeting housing demand, raising standards: social landlords and the private rented sector

Weslo were one of the first social landlords in Scotland to venture into the private rented sector market. Ahead of next week’s Shelter Scotland conference on the private rented sector, Mike Bruce, Weslo’s chief executive, shares his perspective on this move.

Published 13 September 2016

Programme for Government 2016-17 – Housing at a glance

After First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government to MSPs at Holyrood yesterday, Scottish Housing News highlights the details of interest to housing associations and the wider sector.

Published 7 September 2016

Landlords support move to measure impact of tax changes on affordable housing supply

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) has announced its support for a move to measure the impact of tax changes for Private Rented Sector (PRS) landlords on the availability of affordable housing.

Published 5 September 2016

Largs estate agents struck off after breaching tenancy rules

A letting agent has been removed from North Ayrshire Council’s landlord register after flouting rules protecting the deposits of tenants.

Published 2 September 2016