Green MSP raises £10,000 for eviction legal challenge

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman has successfully raised £10,000 to defend a constituent who is being evicted from the home he has lived in for 27 years.

Published 10 January 2020

Councils empowered to introduce short-term lets control areas

Local authorities are to be given new powers to regulate short-term lets where they decide this is in the interests of local communities, under measures to be introduced by the Scottish Government.

Published 9 January 2020

Majority of Scottish landlords comply with tenancy deposit laws

The majority of Scottish landlords (99.9%) comply with tenancy deposit laws, however, at least 290 landlords failed to protect tenancy deposits since 1 December 2017, according to new research by SafeDespotits Scotland.

Published 9 January 2020

Shetland landlords reminded of rental obligations

Shetland Islands Council has urged local landlords to make sure they meet their obligations to tenants in their properties following recent changes to the Scottish landlord registration scheme.

Published 9 January 2020

Mike Dailly: We need spirit of Mary Barbour to reform rents

People living in Scotland’s private rented sector (PRS) need greater protection, argues Mike Dailly.

Published 6 January 2020

Blog: Participation, activism and empowerment for private tenants

Dr Lisa Garnham from Glasgow Centre for Population Health and Dr Steve Rolfe from the University of Stirling give an overview of an evidence review exploring tenant participation in the private rented sector, which was funded by the CaCHE Knowledge Exchange Fund. 

Published 19 December 2019

Private rental sector ‘not meeting the needs of families’, report finds

Suburban family homes that are specifically built for long-term rent, in places people want to live, should be a strategic part of Scotland’s housing development pipeline, according to a new report from Savills and the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT).

Published 2 December 2019

SafeDeposits Scotland survey reveals Scottish landlords remain confident

Landlords in Scotland are committing to continuing to rent private properties signalling confidence in the sector, according to the latest survey results from SafeDeposits Scotland.

Published 21 November 2019

Newton Lettings makes first expansion move with acquisition of Glasgow’s Kite Letting

Property management company Newton Lettings has taken the first step in its expansion plan with the purchase of Glasgow-based Kite Lettings.

Published 21 November 2019

New statistics outline Scotland’s ‘eye-watering’ private sector rent increases

The average cost of privately renting a 2 bedroom home increased in 15 out of 18 regions of Scotland between 2018 and 2019, ranging from 0.2% in North Lanarkshire to 5.3% in Greater Glasgow.

Published 20 November 2019

GWSF: New funding approach badly needed for private tenements

The condition of Scotland’s private tenements will continue to deteriorate unless the Scottish Government adopts a new funding approach as part of its overall housing investment programme, argues the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 20 November 2019

Drum Property Group begins build to rent phase at Glasgow’s Buchanan Wharf

The next significant building phase at Glasgow’s Buchanan Wharf starts this week with ground-breaking for Legal & General’s 324-home build to rent (BTR) scheme. 

Published 20 November 2019

Alastair Johnston: Less haste, more speed! Why you can't evict a private tenant in Scotland on grounds which haven't yet occurred

Alastair Johnston, a senior solicitor at Harper Macleod, reviews an Upper Tribunal appeal case and highlights the lessons it provides regarding tenant evictions.

Published 18 November 2019

Proposed Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill submitted for MSP support

A final proposal has been lodged for a member’s bill to protect private sector tenants by introducing measures to limit rent increases.

Published 15 November 2019

Lettings firm Even Property acquires Capital Letters for £250k

Lettings firm Even Property, which launched just two years ago in Glasgow, has bought Capital Letters in a £250,000 deal.

Published 13 November 2019