East Lothian Council joins Make Renting Right campaign

East Lothian Council has pledged its support for a campaign calling for reform of the private rented sector.

Published 5 August 2015

Letting agents ‘still charging illegal fees’ in Scotland

Illegal rent fees are still being charged by letting agents across Scotland, a BBC investigation has found.

Published 5 August 2015

Analysis of second PRS reform consultation published

The Scottish Government has published an analysis of responses to the second consultation on a new tenancy for the private rented sector (PRS).

Published 5 August 2015

Landlords expected to evict illegal immigrants

Landlords across the UK will be expected to evict tenants who lose the right to live in the UK under new measures to clamp down on illegal immigration.

Published 4 August 2015

Landlords challenged to recognise trafficked tenants

Landlords and letting agents are being urged to watch out for trafficked tenants.

Published 30 July 2015

Living Rent Campaign hands in 8,000 strong petition calling for rent controls

The Living Rent Campaign will today hand in a petition calling for the re-introduction of rent controls and an end to unjust evictions to the minister for housing and welfare, Margaret Burgess.

Published 30 July 2015

Blog: ‘Generation rent’ is an opportunity for Scotland

Last week’s media coverage of rising house costs and predictions of a growing private rental sector has again brought the issue of Scotland’s housing needs into focus. But while public perception traditionally favours home ownership, a stronger private rental sector will benefit all of Scotland’s residents, writes Heather Pearson.

Published 29 July 2015

Call for private rental sector reform as Edinburgh prices increase by 9 per cent

The cost of renting private sector accommodation in Edinburgh has prompted fresh calls for the introduction of rent controls.

Published 29 July 2015

Blog: Campaign wrap-up: Illegal Evictions – Know Your Rights

Debbie King reports back on Shelter Scotland’s Illegal Evictions campaign

Published 28 July 2015

LaSalle acquires Aberdeen residential development from Dandara

LaSalle Investment Management and developer Dandara have completed a deal that will deliver Scotland’s first large scale institutional private rented sector (PRS) scheme at a major site in Aberdeen.

Published 14 July 2015

Council tax reform ‘should encourage PRS investment’

A commission looking at alternatives to the council tax should tackle “flaws” in the system to encourage more investment in the private rented sector, according to representatives of landlords.

Published 3 July 2015

Scotland represented on UK lettings regulatory board for first time

Brian Moran, area lettings director for Your Move, has been appointed to the board of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA).

Published 2 July 2015

Black’s Blog: Councillor Black reports on Making Renting Right

You are looking for your first rented flat, and a landlord says "give me £200 and I'll keep this flat for you. But back out and the money's mine". Would you know this was an illegal premium? If the landlord then said: "Leave the place in good order and I'll give you back a month's rent", would you know this was an illegal deposit?

Published 26 June 2015

Survey highlights need for collaboration to tackle housing shortage

Delays to planning consent are the most significant barrier to building new homes, according to a survey of the housebuilding sector conducted by law firm Brodies LLP.

Published 26 June 2015

UK private renters pay double the European average

Britain’s private rents are the highest in Europe, take up the biggest chunk of people’s salaries and are among the least secure, according to new analysis by the National Housing Federation.

Published 25 June 2015