Scottish private rent costs soar in January ‘in anticipation of rent controls’

Almost half (44%) of Scottish private tenants saw their rent costs rise in January, a considerable contrast to the national average of 19%, according to new figures.

Published 1 March 2018

Landlords urged to ditch 'no DSS' policies after successful discrimination claim

Letting agents and landlords have been urged to drop blanket bans on housing benefit claimants after a single mother successfully argued that a lettings agency discriminated against her.

Published 26 February 2018

Dundee's first Build to Rent development secures green light

The conversion of a former Dundee college building into Build to Rent and Serviced Apartments can begin in earnest after the VOX Dundee project was awarded planning consent by councillors.

Published 20 February 2018

Greens publish legislation options to help councils tackle problem of short term lets

The introduction of a licensing scheme for homeowners who want to rent out their properties through websites like AirBnB is one of a number of legislative proposals available to help councils regulate the rapid growth of the short-term letting sector, according to the Scottish Greens.

Published 12 February 2018

Blog: Tenants and landlords benefit from new regulations

A new statutory Code of Practice for letting agents has come into force, which will improve standards and empower tenants, says Kevin Stewart, minister for local government and housing.

Published 2 February 2018

New letting agent code of practice goes live in Scotland

A new statutory Code of Practice for letting agents, which aims to improve standards and empower tenants, has come into force.

Published 31 January 2018

Website for private tenants and landlords upgraded and relaunched

A free online resource giving tenants and landlords a comprehensive guide to private renting in Scotland was officially relaunched yesterday following a total overhaul.

Published 31 January 2018

Hunt for missing tenant deposits takes to streets of Edinburgh

Private tenants who think they might be owed money can check what they’re due at Scotland’s first ever ‘deposit clinic’ this weekend after it was revealed that more than £200,000 worth of deposits have been left unclaimed by Edinburgh tenants.

Published 25 January 2018

Blog: Challenges in 2018 as we look to build the homes we need

Housing delivery, homelessness, standards and much more - as we enter 2018, CIH Scotland policy expert Ashley Campbell explores what to look out for.

Published 18 January 2018

Airbnb boom ‘heaping pressure on Edinburgh’s housing stock’

More than 30 landlords are operating lucrative short term letting businesses in Scotland’s capital which is adding to the pressure on Edinburgh’s housing stock, new research has found.

Published 4 January 2018

Blog: A new era of private renting in Scotland: introducing the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016

Real estate expert Heather Pearson says reform in Scotland’s private rented sector will make renting a viable long-term housing option. 

Published 18 December 2017

New dawn for Scotland’s private renters as new Private Residential Tenancy comes into force

Sweeping new private renting laws that will significantly affect the rights of Scotland’s 760,000 private renters come into force today.

Published 1 December 2017

Blog: A new PRS in time for Christmas

To mark today’s introduction of the new Private Residential Tenancy, Ashley Campbell outlines the ramifications of the new regime.

Published 1 December 2017

GVA and PRSim to advise on new rental income guarantee scheme

A strategic partnership has been appointed by Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) to advise on the Scottish Government’s landmark policy for supporting the emerging professionally managed Build-to-Rent (BTR) sector.

Published 27 November 2017