Scotland represented on UK lettings regulatory board for first time

Brian Moran, area lettings director for Your Move, has been appointed to the board of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA).

Published 2 July 2015

Black’s Blog: Councillor Black reports on Making Renting Right

You are looking for your first rented flat, and a landlord says "give me £200 and I'll keep this flat for you. But back out and the money's mine". Would you know this was an illegal premium? If the landlord then said: "Leave the place in good order and I'll give you back a month's rent", would you know this was an illegal deposit?

Published 26 June 2015

Survey highlights need for collaboration to tackle housing shortage

Delays to planning consent are the most significant barrier to building new homes, according to a survey of the housebuilding sector conducted by law firm Brodies LLP.

Published 26 June 2015

UK private renters pay double the European average

Britain’s private rents are the highest in Europe, take up the biggest chunk of people’s salaries and are among the least secure, according to new analysis by the National Housing Federation.

Published 25 June 2015

England: MPs introduce measures to crack down on criminal landlords

Two pieces of legislation that will make it easier for authorities to identify criminal landlords in England were introduced by MPs yesterday.

Published 25 June 2015

‘Welfare reform hitting vulnerable young people in the housing market’

Young people face considerable challenges navigating the housing market, with those on low and insecure incomes vulnerable and at potential risk of homelessness, according to a new report from the University of St Andrews published today.

Published 24 June 2015

Conference to put PRS tenancy agreement proposal under the spotlight

Reforming Scotland’s private rented sector to make it fit for the 21st Century and fair for all is the theme of a major conference taking place today.

Published 24 June 2015

Blog: Strengthening the voice of private tenants

Ellie Hutchinson, Private Renting Project Manager, introduces Shelter Scotland’s national private tenants forum. Running in four local areas, and supported by a national online presence, this forum aims to strengthen private tenants’ voices in policy formation.

Published 15 June 2015

PRS awaits new tenancy regime consultation outcome

The private rented sector (PRS) is fully aware it has a crucial role to play in tackling Scotland’s housing crisis, according to a letting agent manager.

Published 11 June 2015

West Lothian Council makes private letting more accessible

West Lothian Council has increased the housing options available for local people with the re-launch of the new West Lothian Home Choice website.

Published 10 June 2015

European Court VAT ruling deals ‘blow to private rented housing’

Landlords are calling for urgent discussions with ministers following a ruling by the European Court of Justice that will make it more expensive to insulate private rented housing.

Published 8 June 2015

Rent controls ‘could deter Edinburgh Festival tourists’

New controls over private sector rents would price visitors out of staying in Edinburgh during the festivals, letting agents have claimed.

Published 5 June 2015

Blog: Why we need to Make Renting Right

By Adam Lang, head of communications & policy at Shelter Scotland

Published 5 June 2015

Report: The Smith Commission and beyond: the devolution of housing benefit to the Scottish Parliament

Shelter Scotland has published a paper which sets out the principles it believes should underpin further devolution of social security - including housing benefit – to the Scottish Parliament, and what steps the Scottish Government and UK governments should take in relation to the devolution of social security.

Published 2 June 2015

TPO Scotland established with sales and lettings Codes of Practice

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme has unveiled two new versions of its Code of Practice for sales and lettings agents operating in Scotland as it officially marked the launch of TPO Scotland.

Published 2 June 2015