Blog: Tenants bill risks wrecking student sector

For thousands studying at Scottish universities each year, the vital task of safely securing a place to live for the next academic term treads a well-worn path; one that’s about to be an unintended casualty of new legislation that’s current going through the Scottish Parliament, according to PRS 4 Scotland spokesman Dan Cookson.

Published 20 January 2016

Blog: Private Rented Sector reforms still put landlords and investors first

Welcome as they are, the Scottish Government’s package of reforms to the Private Rented Sector (PRS) just don’t go far enough, writes Tony Cain, policy manager for the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO).

Published 19 January 2016

RBS unveils £1bn capital support for purpose-built PRS schemes

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has committed £1 billion of capital to support the development of thousands of new purpose-built private rental schemes across the UK.

Published 18 January 2016

RICS Scotland ‘broadly welcomes’ Holyrood report into Private Tenancies Bill

A Parliamentary committee report which made recommendations aimed at improving the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill, has been welcomed by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in Scotland.

Published 18 January 2016

MSPs make recommendations to improve Private Tenancies Bill

The general principles behind a bill that aims to introduce a new single tenancy for the private rented sector and have been given support from a committee of MSPs, though some suggestions for improvements have been recommended.

Published 15 January 2016

Call for ‘student tenancy’ as students reject proposed tenancy reforms

Students in Scotland have roundly rejected one of the principal tenets of the Scottish Government’s Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill as unworkable and failing to recognise their specific needs and interests.

Published 12 January 2016

Landlords urged to use new procedure to maintain properties

Landlords are being urged to make use of a new procedure which will allow them to gain access to their properties to carry out essential work, helping to maintain the standards of stock in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in Scotland.

Published 1 December 2015

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