Govan Law Centre welcomes 'parliamentary U-turn' on Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill

With Holyrood’s Local Government and Communities Committee now seeking views on the Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill, having previously dropped the proposed legislation due to a heavy workload, Govan Law Centre (GLC) has welcomed the "unprecedented" move as a "victory for open democracy".

Published 15 October 2020

Views sought on bill to protect private tenants and limit rent increases

Holyrood’s Local Government and Communities Committee is seeking views on a new Bill which aims to increase private tenants’ protection by limiting rent increases and allowing them to seek a “fair” rent.

Published 14 October 2020

£90m build to rent development proposed for Glasgow’s West End

A planning application has been lodged for 424 new build-to-rent homes in Glasgow’s West End.

Published 13 October 2020

Places for People sells 118 homes to Tay Letting for c.£10m

A residential portfolio comprising 118 residential properties across the Central Belt of Scotland has been sold by Places for People to private clients of Tay Letting for c.£10 million.

Published 1 October 2020

£81.5m deal signed to bring 346 Build-to-Rent apartments to Glasgow’s Candleriggs Square 

Candleriggs Development 2 Limited, the joint venture between Drum Property Group and Stamford Property Investments, has agreed an £81.5 million deal with Legal & General to deliver a major 346-apartment Build-to-Rent (BTR) scheme at Candleriggs Square in Glasgow. 

Published 30 September 2020

PRS REIT secures £50m of development debt facilities with Barclays Bank

The PRS REIT, the closed-ended real estate investment trust that invests in new-build homes for the Private Rented Sector (PRS), has announced that an additional £50 million of development debt facilities have been approved with Barclays Bank.

Published 29 September 2020

Scottish Greens call for winter evictions ban

Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP has today launched a campaign for a winter eviction ban.

Published 24 September 2020

'More than half a million pounds of deposits' could be claimed by tenants

Tenants across Scotland could be due a share of £697,554 after failing to claim back deposits at the end of their tenancies, SafeDeposits Scotland has revealed.

Published 21 September 2020

David Alexander: English landlords seeking advice from Scottish market as eviction deadline approaches

David Alexander, joint managing director of property management firm Apropos, details why an increasing number of English landlords are seeking advice from the Scottish market as the eviction deadline approaches.

Published 15 September 2020

Consultation opens into licensing plans for short-term lets

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation to gather final views on proposed new legislation for the regulation of short-term lets.

Published 14 September 2020

England: ‘No DSS’ ruled unlawful in second court case

The practice of refusing to rent homes to people on housing benefit has suffered another legal blow after a disabled father won his trial against housing benefit discrimination this week.

Published 10 September 2020

Rent arrears fear for landlords despite pandemic discounts

Landlords are urging the Scottish Government to provide direct financial support to tenants who are falling into rent arrears to help the property owners survive the fallout of COVID-19. 

Published 1 September 2020

Think-tank calls for rent freeze and more affordable homes as part of a 'just and sustainable' recovery

Tenant protection and social housing must form a key part of Scotland's economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a think-tank which has recommended policies which it believes can be introduced under the present devolved settlement to "democratise our economy, build community wealth, create decent jobs, and support the just transition for a sustainable future for all".

Published 26 August 2020

Andy Wightman calls for ‘firm guarantee’ of no winter evictions

Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman has urged the Scottish Government to place a complete ban on people being evicted this winter after failing to receive assurances that some private sector tenants will not be ordered to leave their homes.

Published 17 August 2020