Calls to charity’s housing helpline remain high

New statistics have highlighted the continued daily struggle of thousands of households across Scotland to keep a roof over their head.

Published 2 September 2015

Rent control plans ‘threaten Scotland’s burgeoning PRS market’

Plans to introduce a power for local rent controls in ‘high-pressure’ rental areas in Scotland could deter investment in Scotland’s private rented sector (PRS) and curtail much-needed housing supply, according to the Scottish Property Federation (SPF).

Published 2 September 2015

Sturgeon reveals plans for rent controls with new Private Tenancies Bill

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has laid out plans to introduce new bills to improve security for private tenants, introduce rent controls and abolish the ‘bedroom tax’ as early as possible.

Published 1 September 2015

Scottish landlords criticise Treasury over tax changes

Tax changes from the UK government could result in an increase in private rents and leave tenants facing homelessness, the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) has warned.

Published 1 September 2015

Campaign group calls for new PRS tenancy agreements

A new campaign group is putting forward a framework for Scotland’s private rented sector (PRS) which it said will serve tenants and addresses the country’s chronic lack of housing.

Published 31 August 2015

Scottish Greens conference to debate rent controls

A policy motion supporting rent controls in Scotland is due to be debated at the Scottish Green Party Conference in Glasgow this October.

Published 31 August 2015

Scottish Household Survey shows continued decline in social rented sector

An annual report into the tenure of Scottish households has renewed calls from across the sector for an “urgent need” for more affordable homes.

Published 27 August 2015

New code of practice for letting agents opens for consultation

A consultation is underway to gather opinions on a new code of practice for letting agents and the requirement for letting agents to undergo training before they can be added to a register.

Published 24 August 2015

Govanhill’s £9.3m plans to tackle poor housing conditions move forward

Govanhill Housing Association has taken the next steps in its £9.3 million plans to buy and repair poor quality private housing in Glasgow.

Published 17 August 2015

Living Rent Campaign’s call for rent controls gains momentum

Campaigners from the Living Rent Campaign calling for the reintroduction of rent controls in Scotland have welcomed endorsements from politicians and groups across Scottish politics.

Published 17 August 2015

Sigma Capital completes £20m share placing to build PRS portfolio

Urban regeneration specialist Sigma Capital has raised £20 million through a share placing to build its own portfolio in the private rented sector (PRS).

Published 13 August 2015

Free event for West Lothian landlords

Landlord Accreditation Scotland (LAS) in partnership with West Lothian Council is offering a free seminar for private landlords who are registered with the local authority.

Published 11 August 2015

Funding drive to save Generation Rent campaign group

Private rented sector campaign group Generation Rent has launched an urgent funding drive after revealing it has only two months of funding left.

Published 11 August 2015

Letting agent warns of ‘unintended consequences’ of rent controls

Rent controls can unintentionally push up prices and reduce quality rather than heralding more affordable tenancies, according to a letting agent.

Published 11 August 2015

Mhairi Black joins student call for rent controls

Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP Mhairi Black has recently voiced her opinions around regulating Scotland's private renting sector and joined students at her local university in calling for rent controls.

Published 10 August 2015