PRS



More than 200 landlords breach tenant deposit rules in 18 months

A law designed to protect the deposits of private tenants across Scotland has been breached by more than 200 landlords in the last 18 months, new figures have revealed.

Published 12 July 2019

Landlords to have say in ‘Right to Rent’ court case

Landlords will have a major role to play in a court case considering the future of the UK Government’s Right to Rent scheme, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Published 10 July 2019

CIH Scotland responds to consultations on HMOs and new public health body

The establishment of a new public health body and proposals to improve houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) for contract and transient workers have been welcomed by CIH Scotland.

Published 9 July 2019

Energy firm ordered to pay £350,000 over failings for renters

An energy supplier has been fined for failings which resulted in customers being unable to move to cheaper tariffs or access their accounts.

Published 5 July 2019

Living Rent granted £56k from Nationwide Foundation to 'give voice to PRS tenants'

Tenants' union Living Rent is one of seven organisations across the UK to share more than £800,000 of funding from the Nationwide Foundation to give private tenants a stronger voice on their personal housing issues or in housing matters in their local area.

Published 2 July 2019

Ruth Ehrlich: Scotland is proof England must abolish Section 21

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter urges England to follow Scotland’s lead in introducing pioneering longer, more secure tenancies.

Published 18 June 2019

Ground-breaking research aims to improve standards in private rented sector

Two housing-related charitable organisations have come together to fund a major UK-wide research programme with the aim of improving standards in the private rented sector (PRS).

Published 17 June 2019

Landlords ‘disappointed’ in lack of government support for move to improve housing options for Universal Credit claimants

Scotland’s largest membership organisation for private landlords and letting agents has described it as “disappointing” that the Scottish Government won’t support a measure which would increase the availability of homes for those on Universal Credit.

Published 17 June 2019

Agents and landlords using holiday letting ‘are breaking the law’

Agents and landlords in Scotland who are letting properties and declaring them to be holiday lets to avoid long-term tenancy rights are breaking the law, a property management company has warned.

Published 11 June 2019

Clackmannanshire Citizens Advice Bureau receives funding for tenant housing advice

Clackmannanshire Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has been awarded £38,710 of funding from the SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust to deliver its Housing Advice and Mediation Service (HAMES) project over two years.

Published 7 June 2019

Edinburgh residents encouraged to have say on short term lets

The City of Edinburgh Council’s housing and economy convener, Cllr Kate Campbell, is encouraging residents to have their say on short term lets by taking part in the Scottish Government’s consultation on the regulation of the industry.

Published 5 June 2019

Dr Jennifer Harris: Tackling issues in the private rented sector

The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) is embarking on a substantial new UK-wide work programme with TDS Charitable Foundation and SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust, which will aim to improve conditions and outcomes in the private rented sector.

Published 5 June 2019

Edinburgh landlords ‘could hold key’ to reducing homelessness with Help to Rent initiative

The City of Edinburgh Council is working with national homelessness charity Crisis in a new partnership to unlock access to the private rented sector for homeless people across the city.

Published 31 May 2019

Up to 1,000 more Build to Rent homes planned at Harbour Gateway

A Build to Rent project on Edinburgh’s Western Harbour is planning to expand as residents are welcomed into the latest phase of the development.

Published 29 May 2019

West Dunbartonshire introduces Help to Rent scheme

A new scheme to help residents gain access to private property rentals has been launched by West Dunbartonshire Council.

Published 23 May 2019