Adriana Mihaela Soaita: The experiences of private tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic in Great Britain

In this blog, Adriana Mihaela Soaita from the University of Glasgow looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has augmented the importance of a good neighbourhood and a comfortable home to peoples’ health and wellbeing. They have also brought under the spotlight home’s vulnerabilities, which take a particular intensity in the private rental sector (PRS). It is thus timely and relevant to understand private tenants’ renting experiences during the pandemic, which I explored through the experiences of 60 respondents from Great Britain.

Published 3 June 2021

Landlord who instructed sheriff officers to serve notice to leave on tenants successfully appeals rejection of eviction application

A private landlord who served notice to leave on his tenants by instructing sheriffs’ officers to deliver the notice has succeeded in overturning a tribunal decision that he had not met the statutory definition of a Notice to Leave under the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016.

Published 27 May 2021

Legal Services Agency: Urgent reform is needed to the law of damages for unlawful eviction

Ben Christman, Rebecca Morton and Shaun McPhee from the Legal Services Agency outline what they believe to be the main issues regarding the poor enforcement of the law of unlawful evictions in Scotland and make recommendations to the Scottish Government.

Published 24 May 2021

Inverclyde landlord ordered to pay £1,500 for unlawful eviction of tenant using unfounded eviction ground

A former tenant of a property in Gourock, Inverclyde, has been awarded £1,500 by the First-tier Tribunal Housing and Property Chamber after it found she had been unlawfully evicted by her landlord, who claimed that his sister intended to live in the property.

Published 20 May 2021

Watkin Jones aims to increase delivery of affordable homes

Build-to-rent and student accommodation developer Watkin Jones is actively seeking sites to add to its recent acquisition of a development site in Edinburgh and is making "good progress" with the launch of an affordable homes pilot.

Published 18 May 2021

Generation Rent to help build new consultation process for Dundee private renters

Tenant activist group Generation Rent has teamed up with Dundee City Council to launch a new programme of private renter engagement in the city.

Published 10 May 2021

Cockburn Association ‘concerned’ as government grants permission for Old Town short-term-let conversion

After a Scottish Government Reporter reversed on appeal the decision by the City of Edinburgh Council to refuse a Change of Use application to short-term holiday let at Johnston Terrace, heritage body The Cockburn Association shares its concerns regarding the events and their implications.

Published 23 April 2021

Scottish landlords 'frustrated' by lack of government support

Hundreds of landlords and property professionals have hit out at a lack of Scottish Government support as a range of measures are called on to help protect this critical part of the nation's housing stock.

Published 22 April 2021

'Affordable' build to rent flats form revised plans for Gorbals site

Craighead Properties has lodged revised plans for a residential development on an old industrial site between the Gorbals and Govanhill which it said will provide "a new model of housing" for Glasgow and Scotland.

Published 13 April 2021

Jennifer Harris: Innovating to improve access to advice for renters

Jennifer Harris, senior research associate at the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE), looks at how new UK-wide research highlights examples of how services are adapting to improve access to advice and information for people living in the private rented sector. This is part of a wider programme of work funded by TDS Charitable Foundation and Safe Deposits Scotland Charitable Trust.

Published 6 April 2021

Paul Harper: Scotland’s first wrongful termination order

Private residential landlords would be wise to take notice of Scotland’s first wrongful termination order. It establishes the fact that the law has teeth and can bite, writes Paul Harper.

Published 23 March 2021

Sigma Capital launches first PRS development in Scotland

Private rented sector (PRS) and urban regeneration specialist Sigma has started work on its first Scottish PRS development with 75 new homes to be delivered at Bertha Park.

Published 23 February 2021

Legislation for short-term lets licensing scheme withdrawn

The Scottish Government has withdrawn its planned legislation on short-term lets from the Scottish Parliament to allow for draft guidance to be developed.

Published 19 February 2021

The role of PRS landlords in making a rented house a home

Steve Rolfe and Kim McKee (University of Stirling) present an overview of a new research report that they have produced, along with Tom Simcock, Julie Feather and Jenny Hoolachan, which considers what landlords can do to make their tenants feel more at home in the Private Rented Sector (PRS).

Published 18 February 2021

Edinburgh landlord charges tenants 50p for shower

A landlord in Edinburgh is advertising single rooms to rent with pre-paid electricity meters charging tenants 50p to use the shower

Published 18 February 2021