'More than half a million pounds of deposits' could be claimed by tenants

Tenants across Scotland could be due a share of £697,554 after failing to claim back deposits at the end of their tenancies, SafeDeposits Scotland has revealed.

Published 21 September 2020

David Alexander: English landlords seeking advice from Scottish market as eviction deadline approaches

David Alexander, joint managing director of property management firm Apropos, details why an increasing number of English landlords are seeking advice from the Scottish market as the eviction deadline approaches.

Published 15 September 2020

Consultation opens into licensing plans for short-term lets

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation to gather final views on proposed new legislation for the regulation of short-term lets.

Published 14 September 2020

England: ‘No DSS’ ruled unlawful in second court case

The practice of refusing to rent homes to people on housing benefit has suffered another legal blow after a disabled father won his trial against housing benefit discrimination this week.

Published 10 September 2020

Rent arrears fear for landlords despite pandemic discounts

Landlords are urging the Scottish Government to provide direct financial support to tenants who are falling into rent arrears to help the property owners survive the fallout of COVID-19. 

Published 1 September 2020

Think-tank calls for rent freeze and more affordable homes as part of a 'just and sustainable' recovery

Tenant protection and social housing must form a key part of Scotland's economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a think-tank which has recommended policies which it believes can be introduced under the present devolved settlement to "democratise our economy, build community wealth, create decent jobs, and support the just transition for a sustainable future for all".

Published 26 August 2020

Andy Wightman calls for ‘firm guarantee’ of no winter evictions

Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman has urged the Scottish Government to place a complete ban on people being evicted this winter after failing to receive assurances that some private sector tenants will not be ordered to leave their homes.

Published 17 August 2020

Govan Law Centre increases pressure over Fair Rents Bill

Govan Law Centre has continued judicial review proceedings against the Scottish Parliament over the tabling of a Bill on rent increases.

Published 11 August 2020

Charitable organisations welcome report into private rented sector enforcement and regulation

A new report on compliance in the private rented sector produced by the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) has been welcomed by the TDS Charitable Foundation and SafeDeposits Scotland Charitable Trust.

Published 6 August 2020

Private landlords offered joint membership with new NRLA and SAL partnership

Landlords who let properties in England, Wales and Scotland can now have joint membership of associations north and south of the border under a new partnership.

Published 4 August 2020

Private landlords press Scottish Government for further COVID-19 subsidies

Landlords across Scotland have pressured MSPs for further coronavirus subsidies in regular meetings with Scottish Government officials, according to emails and meeting notes from the Scottish Government’s Private Rented Sector (PRS) Resilience Group.

Published 29 July 2020

Private landlords sought to inform PhD research into behaviours and management practices

A PhD researcher at the University of Glasgow is undertaking research to better understand the investment behaviours of private rental sector (PRS) landlords, with a view to creating best practice guidance to support the sector.

Published 24 July 2020

West Lothian Council seeking private sector landlords

West Lothian Council is looking to procure a mix of private let properties which are available to let.

Published 23 July 2020

England: ‘No DSS’ letting policy found to be unlawful in ‘momentous ruling’

Blanket bans on renting properties to people on housing benefit are unlawful and discriminatory, a judge in England has ruled.

Published 14 July 2020

Greens reiterate concerns over ‘unlawful’ commercial holiday lets in Edinburgh

Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman has uncovered more evidence that suggests that a vast majority of commercial short-term holiday lets in Edinburgh are operating unlawfully.

Published 10 July 2020