PRS



PRS landlords offered interest-free loans to cover lost rent with £5m fund

A £5 million fund will offer interest-free loans to landlords whose tenants are having difficulty paying rent during the coronavirus crisis.

Published 6 May 2020

MSPs press Scottish Government on impact of COVID-19 on housing issues

Holyrood’s local government and communities committee has written to the Scottish Government regarding its response to COVID-19 and how it has impacted on issues such as homelessness, housebuilding, energy efficiency and short-term lets.

Published 30 April 2020

Home Office succeeds in challenging judicial review of ‘hostile environment’ letting policy

The High Court of England and Wales has allowed an appeal by the Home Secretary against judicial review proceedings challenging the lawfulness of provisions under the Immigration Act 2014 preventing landlords in the private sector from letting to irregular immigrants.

Published 24 April 2020

‘Mary Barbour Bill’ lodged by Scottish Labour

A Bill to limit private sector rent rises and to increase the availability of information available to tenants has been lodged by Scottish Labour’s housing spokesperson Pauline McNeill.

Published 24 April 2020

New coronavirus guidance issued for private landlords and letting agents

CIH Scotland, Homes for Good and the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) have jointly published guidance for the private rented sector on how to support tenants and protect rental income during the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 23 April 2020

England: MPs to examine effect of coronavirus on homelessness and PRS

The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on homelessness, rough sleeping and the private rented sector is to be examined by MPs.

Published 22 April 2020

Shelter Scotland calls for renter protection amid coronavirus pandemic

Shelter Scotland is calling for the UK Chancellor to boost social security payments to ensure the nation’s 340,000 private renters don’t end up mired in debt and at risk of homelessness.  

Published 16 April 2020

Funding secured for Springside build-to-rent development in Edinburgh

Apache Capital Partners and alternative real asset investment firm Harrison Street are to fund a landmark build-to-rent (BTR) development in central Edinburgh.

Published 16 April 2020

Tenant refused permission to appeal eviction decision to Court of Session

A tenant who was refused an extension of the time limit for requesting permission to appeal an eviction decision by the Upper Tribunal for Scotland has been refused permission to appeal to the Court of Session by the same court.

Published 8 April 2020

Michael Henderson: COVID 19 - managing landlord-tenant relationships

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s Michael Henderson issues a guide for landlords on managing relationships with tenants during the current crisis.

Published 7 April 2020

Evictions can still be carried out during lockdown, Greens warn

Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman has warned that tenants served eviction notices may still be cast out during the coronavirus lockdown after the party’s proposals to strengthen an emergency eviction ban were rejected by MSPs.

Published 3 April 2020

Private landlords to be offered interest-free loan fund to ease rent difficulties

The Scottish Government is to establish a fund for private landlords who experience difficulty securing rent as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Published 2 April 2020

SFHA welcomes evictions measures in Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill

Adjustments to the law on evictions to protect those renting their homes in the private and social sector have been welcomed by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) while the Scottish Greens said they will attempt to strengthen the evictions ban even further.

Published 1 April 2020

Private landlords urged to postpone safety certification requirements

The Scottish Government has issued updated guidance on gas, fire and electrical safety checks which states that private landlords and letting agents should postpone routine certification requirements during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Published 31 March 2020

UK Government makes it ‘easier’ for landlords to conduct Right to Rent checks

A controversial scheme which requires landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants has been adapted to “make it easier” for landlords to conduct the checks during the coronavirus outbreak, the Home Secretary has announced.

Published 31 March 2020