Blog: Study the market, get the skills

Bathgate-based Weslo Housing Management was among the first Scottish social landlords to branch out into the private rented housing sector. In this guest blog for CIH Scotland, Weslo chief executive Mike Bruce offers some words of wisdom for others who are considering crossing the divide to meet the growing demand from this emergent market.

Published 9 February 2016

Councils to be empowered to inspect PRS homes and challenge landlords

New powers are to be introduced to enable local authorities to take action against private landlords who do not maintain homes to proper living standards.

Published 8 February 2016

Private Tenancies Bill will give PRS tenants ‘less security of tenure than under Thatcher’

The Scottish Government has been accused of failing Scotland’s private sector tenants with its response the Scottish Parliament’s infrastructure and capital investment committee report on the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill.

Published 5 February 2016

Six-month tenancies plan ‘could force women to stay in abusive relationships’

The Scottish Government has been urged to scrap plans for a six-month initial tenancy period for private landlords over fears it could force victims of domestic violence to stay in abusive relationships.

Published 4 February 2016

Blog: The unintended consequences of Right to Rent

By Sarah Macfadyen, policy manager at Crisis

Published 2 February 2016

Grainger commits £850m to UK PRS market

The UK’s new Build To Rent initiative, which sees institutions fund and manage purpose-built accommodation for the Private Rented Sector (PRS), has received its second big investment in as many days.

Published 29 January 2016

Blog: Private Landlord Support in Dundee

By Laura Fairlie from Shelter Scotland

Published 29 January 2016

Buying vs renting: Infographics detail gap between mortgage and rental costs

New research has revealed the UK cities where houses cost less to buy than to rent and where first time buyers are better to continue renting.

Published 29 January 2016

Work ‘progressing well’ on PRS development in Edinburgh

The awful weather conditions across Scotland over the winter period did little to slow down construction work at a development of 113 homes for the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in Edinburgh.

Published 26 January 2016

Private Tenancies Bill ‘lacks grounds to provide homes for employees’

Housing minister Margaret Burgess has been urged to think again over a lack of grounds to provide homes for employees in the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill.

Published 25 January 2016

MSPs vote in favour of Private Tenancies Bill

MSPs yesterday agreed the general principles of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill during a Stage 1 debate in the Scottish Parliament.

Published 22 January 2016

Blog: What do students really think about tenancy reform?

In a guest blog for Shelter Scotland, Vonnie Sandlan of NUS Scotland looks at what students want from new legislation on private renting.

Published 22 January 2016

Private Tenancies Bill set for Parliament debate

A new bill aimed at strengthening and improving the private rented sector will be debated in parliament today.

Published 21 January 2016

MSP calls for rent controls to be extended to Highlands and Islands and to new tenancies

The need for rent controls in the Highlands and Islands, where rents are rising faster than in any other part of Scotland, has become “urgent”, according to John Finnie MSP.

Published 21 January 2016

New tool launched to help landlords lobby against tenancy reform

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has launched a new online lobbying tool to help landlords in Scotland fight proposed reforms to tenancy agreements.

Published 20 January 2016