Advocates applaud proposed private rented sector reforms

Reform of legislation relating to the private rented housing sector has been applauded by the Faculty of Advocates, although it has queried some aspects of the proposed changes.

Published 25 November 2015

Blog: Homes: Let’s raise the debate

A second Scottish Parliament debate on housing in the space of 3 months shows just how much housing is working its way up the political agenda.

Published 23 November 2015

Housing minister attempts to ease fears of Private Tenancies Bill’s ASB ‘limitations’

Housing minister Margaret Burgess has reaffirmed to landlords that anti-social behaviour (ASB) is grounds for eviction under the new Private Tenancies Bill.

Published 4 November 2015

Landlords warn new legislation could ‘drastically limit’ ability to tackle ASB

New legislation designed to modernise the private rented sector (PRS) in Scotland could make it harder for landlords to tackle anti-social behaviour in their properties, according to a group of over 50 letting agents from across the country.

Published 3 November 2015

Private Tenancies Bill ‘could herald new breed of PRS investors’

The Scottish Government's Bill to reform the private rental sector (PRS) could usher in a wave of investment in housing from a new breed of funds targeting 'generation rent' with high quality flats and apartments, according to Colliers International.

Published 30 October 2015

Blog: Tarring all landlords as rogues is unfair and counter-productive

Dan Cookson responds to Govan Law Centre principal solicitor Mike Dailly’s suggestion that an unequal relationship between tenants and landlords means many of the former are leading lives of misery.

Published 27 October 2015

Blog: Letting agents: Have your say

By Ellie Hutchinson at Shelter Scotland

Published 22 October 2015

Residential rents in Scotland up at less than a third in England and Wales

Average rents in Scotland have risen 1.7 per cent in the past year, less than a third of the rate seen in the rest of Britain, according to new figures.

Published 21 October 2015

England: MPs to vote to let tenants sue negligent landlords

Private renters living in squalid conditions could get the ability to sue their landlord if MPs approve a Private Member’s Bill today.

Published 16 October 2015

Report lifts the lid on Glasgow’s ‘powerless’ private tenants

A new report into the private rented sector in Glasgow has found that most tenants feel powerless and worry that they have little more than a month’s security of tenure.

Published 15 October 2015

Blog: Tenants have little or no power in their relationship with landlords

Mike Dailly suggests an unequal relationship between tenants and landlords means many of the former are leading lives of misery.

Published 15 October 2015

Greens call for bold reform to bring down rents

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the recommendations made by think tank Common Weal on reforms to tenancies and rent in Scotland's private rented sector.

Published 15 October 2015

New report calls for a living rent for Scotland's private tenants

A new report has outlined comprehensive plans to reduce rents in the private rented sector (PRS) as a crucial part of addressing Scotland's housing crisis.

Published 14 October 2015

Scottish Greens to campaign for stronger rent control

The Scottish Green Party has agreed to campaign for a better deal for private tenants in Scotland.

Published 13 October 2015

Views sought on Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Parliament’s infrastructure and capital investment committee has issued a call for written evidence as it prepares to scrutinise the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill.

Published 12 October 2015