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UK: Airbnb host evicted and fined for letting council flat

A council tenant has been evicted and ordered to pay more than £100,000 for illegally subletting his council flat in London as a holiday home through Airbnb.

Published 30 July 2019

Dr Gareth James: Short-term lets – the need for balance, regulation, and better data

CaCHE knowledge exchange associate, Dr Gareth James, reflects on the recent CaCHE seminar which focused on evidence and experiences of short-term lets from three global cities: Sydney, Dublin and Edinburgh.

Published 26 July 2019

Regulations for short-term lets ‘must be proportionate and enforceable’, says CIH Scotland

CIH Scotland has welcomed proposals for a flexible regulatory system for short-term lets that would balance the needs of local residents and visitors, but has raised concerns about how a new system would be monitored and enforced.

Published 22 July 2019

Edinburgh calls for short-term lets licensing regime

The City of Edinburgh Council has set out its case for a licensing regime to be introduced for properties being rented out for more than 28 days in a calendar year.

Published 22 July 2019

Over-regulation of short-term lets ‘could pose risk to rural tourism’

Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) has called on the Scottish Government to ensure local authorities have the powers to apply any new regulations for short-term lets to only those areas that have recognised issues with anti-social behaviour or a housing shortage.

Published 19 July 2019

SafeDeposits Scotland raises more than £900 for Rock Trust

Tenancy deposit protection scheme SafeDeposits Scotland brought together professionals from across the private rented sector to raise more than £900 for Edinburgh-based youth homelessness charity, the Rock Trust.

Published 18 July 2019

More than 200 landlords breach tenant deposit rules in 18 months

A law designed to protect the deposits of private tenants across Scotland has been breached by more than 200 landlords in the last 18 months, new figures have revealed.

Published 12 July 2019

Landlords to have say in ‘Right to Rent’ court case

Landlords will have a major role to play in a court case considering the future of the UK Government’s Right to Rent scheme, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Published 10 July 2019

CIH Scotland responds to consultations on HMOs and new public health body

The establishment of a new public health body and proposals to improve houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) for contract and transient workers have been welcomed by CIH Scotland.

Published 9 July 2019

Energy firm ordered to pay £350,000 over failings for renters

An energy supplier has been fined for failings which resulted in customers being unable to move to cheaper tariffs or access their accounts.

Published 5 July 2019

Living Rent granted £56k from Nationwide Foundation to 'give voice to PRS tenants'

Tenants' union Living Rent is one of seven organisations across the UK to share more than £800,000 of funding from the Nationwide Foundation to give private tenants a stronger voice on their personal housing issues or in housing matters in their local area.

Published 2 July 2019

Ruth Ehrlich: Scotland is proof England must abolish Section 21

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter urges England to follow Scotland’s lead in introducing pioneering longer, more secure tenancies.

Published 18 June 2019

Ground-breaking research aims to improve standards in private rented sector

Two housing-related charitable organisations have come together to fund a major UK-wide research programme with the aim of improving standards in the private rented sector (PRS).

Published 17 June 2019

Landlords ‘disappointed’ in lack of government support for move to improve housing options for Universal Credit claimants

Scotland’s largest membership organisation for private landlords and letting agents has described it as “disappointing” that the Scottish Government won’t support a measure which would increase the availability of homes for those on Universal Credit.

Published 17 June 2019

Agents and landlords using holiday letting ‘are breaking the law’

Agents and landlords in Scotland who are letting properties and declaring them to be holiday lets to avoid long-term tenancy rights are breaking the law, a property management company has warned.

Published 11 June 2019