Blog: At home in your own home – letting agents and renting

By Ellie Hutchinson, private renting project manager at Shelter Scotland

Published 30 May 2016

Letting agents take action to drive rogues out of business

Letting agents from across Scotland will today start signing up to a new programme of compliance with government regulations with the aim of raising standards and driving rogue operators out of the market.

Published 19 May 2016

LHA fails to align with private sector rents, warns CIH

Tenants who receive the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) face an increasingly widening gap between the help with their housing costs and the actual rent they pay, new Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) research has found.

Published 13 May 2016

Blog: The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland

By Ellie Hutchinson, private renting project manager at Shelter Scotland

Published 12 May 2016

Research charts difficulties facing ‘generation rent’

Young people who are unable to buy their own home often feel frustrated as they struggle to settle down and benefit from the positive qualities of home, a new study has found.

Published 11 May 2016

‘Appalling’ Glasgow landlord struck off

A private landlord who kept almost £7,000 of deposits has been barred from renting properties.

Published 6 May 2016

Scottish rents rising faster than rest of UK

Average private rents in Scotland are rising faster than anywhere else in the UK, according to new figures.

Published 6 May 2016

Scottish Association of Landlords issues PRS manifesto summary

As politicians from all parties gear up for the Scottish parliamentary election on 5 May 2016, the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) has outlined its key areas of concern relating to the private rented sector (PRS).

Published 29 April 2016

Landlords given protection from criminal consequences of Immigration Bill

MPs have approved measures that will give greater protection to responsible landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants.

Published 27 April 2016

Scotland’s PRS rents ‘continue steady climb’

Average rents in the Scottish private rented sector (PRS) now stand at £767 per month, up 2.1 per cent on the year, according to new research.

Published 22 April 2016

One in five Glasgow residents live in overcrowded homes, census reveals

A detailed analysis of housing trends in Glasgow has revealed that while overcrowding has reduced, one in five city residents still live in cramped conditions.

Published 19 April 2016

Profits soar at PRS specialist Sigma Capital Group

Profits at Edinburgh-based private rented sector (PRS) specialist Sigma Capital Group have risen almost ten-fold.

Published 19 April 2016

Scottish PRS rent rises ‘among the highest in Britain’

New tenants renting from private landlords in Scotland have been faced with the highest percentage rental increases in Britain outside London, according to a new survey.

Published 13 April 2016

Rise in complaints about private sector housing conditions

Over 6,000 people - an increase of 23 per cent over the past two years - contacted Citizens Advice Scotland in 2015 to report problems with their landlords and with poor housing in the private rented sector.

Published 6 April 2016

Blog: A crucial step towards a secure future for Scotland’s private renters

Shelter Scotland policy officer, James Battye, reflects on last week’s passing of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill.

Published 23 March 2016