PRS



New training programme for Scottish letting agents

A new best practice training programme has been launched for letting agents in Scotland’s private rented housing sector.

Published 3 March 2016

Shelter Scotland launches advice hub for private renters

A new online hub has been launched to help renters in Scotland’s private rented sector navigate their rights and responsibilities.

Published 1 March 2016

Blog: The Private Tenancies Bill: one step closer to a genuine housing market failure?

As the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill moves toward Stage 3 of scrutiny at the Scottish Parliament, PRS 4 Scotland is urging providers and businesses in the PRS to let their MSPs know what they think of the proposed legislation.

Published 26 February 2016

Rental Income Guarantee scheme to deliver thousands of PRS homes

Plans for a new Scotland-wide housing initiative that could help deliver thousands of purpose-built homes for private rent have been unveiled by social justice secretary Alex Neil.

Published 25 February 2016

Blog: Support for private landlords in Lochaber

Shelter Scotland’s private landlord support officer, Bryan Powell, details how he works to improve the private rented sector in Lochaber.

Published 24 February 2016

Blog: The private tenancies bill: one step closer to genuine security of tenure?

As the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill moves at a pace through the infrastructure and capital investment committee, James Battye, policy officer at Shelter Scotland, discusses how things will change for the 330,000 households renting from private landlords across Scotland.

Published 18 February 2016

Tenancy bill amendments ‘will have negative effect’ on rural housing supply

New amendments to the Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill have the potential to create significant problems for the provision of rural homes, Scottish Land & Estates has said.

Published 12 February 2016

Private rented sector flats to form part of £40m development at Dundee Waterfront

Plans have been unveiled for a £40 million development of flats, premium office space and hotel next to the new V&A Museum in Dundee.

Published 12 February 2016

Private Tenancies Bill amendments ‘welcome, but not enough’, say campaigners

The Scottish Government has passed amendments to its Private Tenancies Bill to strengthen its proposed rent control laws, though campaigners have warned that ministers need to go further to ensure protections for vulnerable tenants are guaranteed under the new legislation.

Published 10 February 2016

Blog: Study the market, get the skills

Bathgate-based Weslo Housing Management was among the first Scottish social landlords to branch out into the private rented housing sector. In this guest blog for CIH Scotland, Weslo chief executive Mike Bruce offers some words of wisdom for others who are considering crossing the divide to meet the growing demand from this emergent market.

Published 9 February 2016

Councils to be empowered to inspect PRS homes and challenge landlords

New powers are to be introduced to enable local authorities to take action against private landlords who do not maintain homes to proper living standards.

Published 8 February 2016

Private Tenancies Bill will give PRS tenants ‘less security of tenure than under Thatcher’

The Scottish Government has been accused of failing Scotland’s private sector tenants with its response the Scottish Parliament’s infrastructure and capital investment committee report on the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill.

Published 5 February 2016

Six-month tenancies plan ‘could force women to stay in abusive relationships’

The Scottish Government has been urged to scrap plans for a six-month initial tenancy period for private landlords over fears it could force victims of domestic violence to stay in abusive relationships.

Published 4 February 2016

Blog: The unintended consequences of Right to Rent

By Sarah Macfadyen, policy manager at Crisis

Published 2 February 2016

Grainger commits £850m to UK PRS market

The UK’s new Build To Rent initiative, which sees institutions fund and manage purpose-built accommodation for the Private Rented Sector (PRS), has received its second big investment in as many days.

Published 29 January 2016