Residential rents in Scotland up at less than a third in England and Wales

Average rents in Scotland have risen 1.7 per cent in the past year, less than a third of the rate seen in the rest of Britain, according to new figures.

Published 21 October 2015

England: MPs to vote to let tenants sue negligent landlords

Private renters living in squalid conditions could get the ability to sue their landlord if MPs approve a Private Member’s Bill today.

Published 16 October 2015

Report lifts the lid on Glasgow’s ‘powerless’ private tenants

A new report into the private rented sector in Glasgow has found that most tenants feel powerless and worry that they have little more than a month’s security of tenure.

Published 15 October 2015

Blog: Tenants have little or no power in their relationship with landlords

Mike Dailly suggests an unequal relationship between tenants and landlords means many of the former are leading lives of misery.

Published 15 October 2015

Greens call for bold reform to bring down rents

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the recommendations made by think tank Common Weal on reforms to tenancies and rent in Scotland's private rented sector.

Published 15 October 2015

New report calls for a living rent for Scotland's private tenants

A new report has outlined comprehensive plans to reduce rents in the private rented sector (PRS) as a crucial part of addressing Scotland's housing crisis.

Published 14 October 2015

Scottish Greens to campaign for stronger rent control

The Scottish Green Party has agreed to campaign for a better deal for private tenants in Scotland.

Published 13 October 2015

Views sought on Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Parliament’s infrastructure and capital investment committee has issued a call for written evidence as it prepares to scrutinise the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill.

Published 12 October 2015

Blog: It’s time to deliver real security for Scotland’s private renters

James Battye at Shelter Scotland says renting in Scotland needs to change.

Published 12 October 2015

Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill draws mixed response

Attempts by the Scottish Government to provide “more security, stability and predictability” to tenants renting in the private rented sector (PRS) have been broadly welcomed, though concerns have been raised proposals may harm investment in the sector.

Published 8 October 2015

Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill published

The Scottish Government has today published a new bill which aims to give more security, stability and predictability to tenants renting in the private rented sector (PRS).

Published 8 October 2015

Chief planner asks councils to embrace the potential of PRS

Council planners have been urged to consider the potential of the private rented sector (PRS) in meeting housing need and demand in their area.

Published 8 October 2015

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