One in five landlords ‘too embarrassed’ to admit what they do

A survey of residential property investors has found that one in five are often too embarrassed to admit they are landlords.

Published 16 September 2016

Scottish private renters are ‘happier’ than those in England and Wales

Scotland’s rental culture is happier, friendlier and more settled than that south of the Border though it is still under threat from rental increases, according to new research.

Published 15 September 2016

Conference to shine spotlight on better standards for Scotland’s 700,000 private renters

The impact of new and existing laws on private renting in Scotland and the best ways of implementing them is the main theme of a high-level conference taking place in Edinburgh today.

Published 14 September 2016

Blog: Meeting housing demand, raising standards: social landlords and the private rented sector

Weslo were one of the first social landlords in Scotland to venture into the private rented sector market. Ahead of next week’s Shelter Scotland conference on the private rented sector, Mike Bruce, Weslo’s chief executive, shares his perspective on this move.

Published 13 September 2016

Programme for Government 2016-17 – Housing at a glance

After First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government to MSPs at Holyrood yesterday, Scottish Housing News highlights the details of interest to housing associations and the wider sector.

Published 7 September 2016

Landlords support move to measure impact of tax changes on affordable housing supply

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) has announced its support for a move to measure the impact of tax changes for Private Rented Sector (PRS) landlords on the availability of affordable housing.

Published 5 September 2016

Largs estate agents struck off after breaching tenancy rules

A letting agent has been removed from North Ayrshire Council’s landlord register after flouting rules protecting the deposits of tenants.

Published 2 September 2016

Blog: Making time to manage risk and rent arrears

By Bryan Powell, private landlord support officer at Shelter Scotland

Published 2 September 2016

Scottish tenants due half a million pounds in rental deposits

Staff at tenancy deposit scheme SafeDeposits Scotland are on the hunt for Scottish tenants who have forgotten to claim back their deposits.

Published 1 September 2016

English private landlords double housing benefit takings to £9bn

Private landlords in England pocketed £9.3 billion in housing benefit last year, twice the amount of a decade ago, according to new figures.

Published 23 August 2016

PRS reforms ‘threaten accommodation provision’ for future Edinburgh festival goers

Thousands of performers and festival goers at future Edinburgh Festivals could struggle to find a place to stay or face higher costs for accommodation if planned reforms to private rented housing come into effect in Scotland, a landlord group has warned.

Published 18 August 2016

Keepmoat to explore PRS and retirement sectors amid 3.5 per cent revenue jump

Housebuilder and regeneration group Keepmoat has reported a 3.5 per cent increase in group revenue despite a “year of consolidation” in its Regeneration division.

Published 16 August 2016

Scottish landlords launch new campaign against tax changes

Tax increases being imposed by the UK and Scottish governments will make it easier for irresponsible landlords to provide sub-standard housing to tenants, according to the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL).

Published 15 August 2016

Home rented out by Liz McColgan deemed ‘unfit for human habitation’

Olympic medallist Liz McColgan has been reprimanded by a housing watchdog after she left a woman living in accommodation that was not “reasonably fit for human habitation”.

Published 15 August 2016

EU tenants worried Brexit will leave them homeless

EU citizens living in the private rented sector (PRS) are worried that Brexit will make it harder for them to rent a home in the UK, according to a new survey.

Published 11 August 2016