Steep falls in Aberdeen rents ‘may pose questions’ for rent control plans

As the Scottish Government presses ahead with proposals for rent controls and details of the Private Tenancies Bill are expected to be published this week, average rents in the country have started to head south, according to new figures.

Published 6 October 2015

Don’t ‘demonise’ private rented sector, landlords warn

Landlords have urged the Scottish Government not to demonise the private rented sector and ensure that new legislation protects tenants’ rights without strangling investment.

Published 5 October 2015

Campaigners slam ‘unacceptable’ rent rises

The Living Rent Campaign has called on the Scottish Government to take action following “unacceptable” rent increases of more than 8 per cent in a year in Edinburgh.

Published 2 October 2015

Blog: Do people want to live in the private rented sector?

By the Living Rent Campaign

Published 2 October 2015

£9.9bn annual rent arrears and damage bill will put a fifth of UK landlords ‘out of business’

One in five UK landlords will be out of business in the next two years due to tax break cuts announced by the government, according to a new study.

Published 30 September 2015

Immigration Bill eviction measures 'should not be extended to Scotland'

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has added its voice to growing concerns over the potential impact of the UK government’s 2015 Immigration Bill on migrants living in the private rented sector.

Published 28 September 2015

Report identifies generational shift in housing aspirations

A new report commissioned by the Scottish Government has highlighted an emerging gap between the housing aspirations of younger and older households.

Published 28 September 2015

‘Draconian’ rent control proposals ‘may lead to fewer properties in market’

A letting agent has warned that "draconian" Scottish Government rent control plans risk stifling the availability of new properties.

Published 24 September 2015

Private rents ‘falling in real terms’ across Scotland

Rents adjusted for inflation have fallen in the majority of Scottish towns and cities since the onset of the credit crunch in 2008, according to new figures from lettings portal Citylets.

Published 23 September 2015

Glasgow City Council given new powers to tackle rogue landlords

Glasgow City Council has become the first council in Scotland to be granted powers to designate an Enhanced Enforcement Area (EEA) in an effort to clamp down on rogue landlords.

Published 22 September 2015

Scottish landlords take tax case to Treasury

Scottish landlords met with senior UK government officials in London yesterday to urge them to rethink planned tax changes for private landlords.

Published 17 September 2015

Scotland’s university cities experience highest yields for landlords

Edinburgh has been ranked as the best city for buy-to-let investors in the UK, according to new research.

Published 16 September 2015

New university students to benefit from approved tenancy deposit scheme

SafeDeposits Scotland, the Scottish Government-approved tenancy deposit scheme, has been awarded over £300,000 of student accommodation deposits ahead of the new academic year.

Published 14 September 2015

Landowners welcome government commitment to rural housing

Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement on the private rental sector (PRS), with new funding for rural housing ‘critical’ for the future of countryside communities.

Published 2 September 2015

Blog: Reform for private renting long overdue

By Lisa Glass at Shelter Scotland

Published 2 September 2015